I’d like to make a joke about me being speechless, but this is not the time. Like many of you I am speechless over the events from the weekend. The massacre at Newtown shakes me to the core. A parent’s worst nightmare come to fruit. I teacher’s worst dreams come true. A school leader’s horror. An awakening that all is not well.
We can take potshots at gun control…but that is not the answer.
We can take potshots at parental control…but that is not the answer.
We can take potshots at school security…but that is not the answer.
We can even take potshots at taking God out of the schools…but that is not the answer.
None of the above could have stopped the carnage. An evil man did an evil deed. In China. In Aurora. 9/11.
THERE IS ONLY ONE ANSWER AND IT IS THE ANSWER NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR!
We celebrate The Answer’s birth in just over a week. I’m not going to go into any more detail because I know there will be those who will want to argue that fact. And frankly, I don’t feel like arguing. I am speechless. But I will stand by One Truth: There is only One Answer to the whole mess we are in. Sadly, many will miss it and many won’t even care.
Here is a song that I am sure you have heard before with a slightly different arrangement. The story behind it is heart-wrenching. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote it out of his intense personal pain. The loss of his first wife. Remarriage after 7 years of loneliness and welcoming 5 children into that union. Then tragically, while lighting candles for the Christmas tree his wife’s clothes caught fire and she died. Then the Civil War broke out. He hated the Civil War and when his 19 year old son returned home injured, and he saw other wounded soldiers and families torn apart by death, his hatred turned to rage. He put pen to paper and wrote this poem. It would have been a hopeless effort if not for his last two stanzas. Our best hope is to say the same.
If you have any thoughts you would like to share I invite you to do so.