What the world needs now is……

December 14th, 2012 will go down in history as a tremendously, horribly, wretchedly tragic day.  I know that I am not the only one unable to fathom the abominable shooting spree that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

And we never will understand what could possibly persuade a person to take the lives of 20 innocent, precious children and six of their teachers and leaders.  No matter what information surfaces, it will never be able to explain to us the burning question of why such a travesty had to happen.

I’m going to confess to you, that not only do I fail to comprehend how something like this could happen, I’m not sure how we can keep it from happening again.

The one thing I do know with any certainty is that the only way to combat evil is with love.

Yesterday when my children were shocked and afraid and my heart was broken in two, the only thing that helped was hugging each other tight.

Today at the grocery store when a shopper broke down while discussing it, the only thing that helped was a sympathetic and kind hand on her shoulder from a stranger.

And next week when some child is afraid to go to school, all that will help shall be the loving words and warm cuddles from his parents and teachers.

There is a void left when an innocent child is taken from us too early.  These small ones in Connecticut might have grown up as a tremendous force of good in our bleak world.  Their potential has been stolen from us, from all of us.

It may be naive or shortsighted, but I believe that the best way to fill that gaping void is with an increase of love and service from the people who are left behind, you and me.

Letting someone in front of you at the cash register won’t bring those children back.  Smiling at your neighbors won’t bring those children back.  Volunteering in your community won’t bring those children back.  But these actions will help to fill the emptiness caused by their deaths.

The world needs many things right now.  Things that will be discussed by politicians, administrators, and editorials.  Things that will be argued about on talk shows and on facebook.

But what the world needs most, right now is love.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

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3 Responses to What the world needs now is……

  1. Denise says:

    Wow Ami, once again you have the right words. I agree and well said!

  2. Adriana says:

    Thanks, Ami! My sentiments exactly! Beautifully written 🙂

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