|Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5|
We used to turn on the television news first thing when we got up. But lately we have not done that every day. Because I had not watched in several days, I decided I should see what was going on this morning. I flipped on the TV while I was making coffee. You can imagine my horror and sorrow at what I saw before 7:00 AM. Breaking news coverage of the shooting in Las Vegas.
It was hard to stop watching the tragedy unfold. Then I realized I needed to turn it off and go find something else to do. Do laundry. Clean. Pull weeds. Do something. Do anything. But not stay glued to the news.
This afternoon I read these words from a pastor friend. She offers a positive, helpful way to deal with a horrific situation. I thank her for these words that are both positive and practical:
Some thoughts for today:
- Watch only enough media to be informed.
- Pray for the living and the dead, first responders, medical teams, and caregivers.
- Reach out in a way that brings peace to someone you come in contact with today.
- Ask (and answer) the question, "How can I help build bridges of hope?"
- Find a moment of beauty and thank God for that gift.