I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling incredible grief and horror after waking up to the news coming out of Las Vegas, Nevada. I expect your heart, like mine, has broken at the very idea that something like this is possible. Our hearts will break again as the names of victims are shared, knowing each name represented a life, and each life ended much too soon. And our hearts will break further as memorial services begin.
It is difficult to comprehend the intent of someone willing to engage in acts of terrorism and mass murder. It is difficult to imagine the despair families and friends of concert goers must be feeling if they don’t know yet whether their loved ones survived. It is difficult to absorb the fact that at least fifty people died and over four hundred transported to hospitals for treatment. But it is not difficult to want the madness to end. It is not difficult to want the dying to end.
I also know it is not difficult to give thanks to the emergency personnel and volunteers who help those in need, even at risk to themselves. And, I hope it is not difficult to pause and give thanks for the gift of life we enjoy, knowing it may be taken from us at any moment.
As we mourn this latest national tragedy and seek some meaning from it, let us remember to reach out to loved ones for comfort. Let us reach out to those who might need professional assistance and help them receive it. Let us work together to do all we can to prevent future mass murders.
Sunday’s services at 9 & 11 am on Oct. 8, will offer comfort and hope.
Rev. Alison Eskildsen