Last week’s unspeakable tragedy in Sandy Hook, Connecticut left me speechless. There really are no words to express the feelings, the raw emotions, the shock, anger, pain, and the heartbreak. Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy tried to explain the unexplainable, saying “Evil visited this community today.”
How many of us just stared, open-mouthed at the television feeling completely hopeless? I closed my eyes, feeling crushed under the weight of sadness as I thought about the children, the teachers, the school psychologist, the principal, and the first responders.
After watching some coverage, I turned off the television and said a prayer for all involved. I recalled a scripture verse:
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18
I can think of no more crushing blow than this tragedy.
Lead With Love
How do you respond to events like this? Dan Rockwell said it well when he said the response should be to lead with love. I like what Dan had to say because love is always the best response.
Here are a few ways to respond to these sad events:
Are you imagining me driving in a pink Cadillac? Hosting Mary Kay parties?
What an image. Unlikely. Didn’t happen. (But don’t laugh because there are men who apparently are quite successful.)
So how did Mary Kay have such a big impact on me?
In my very first post on this blog, I shared the unique way I grew up. My parents took people in. All ages, races, religions. Some would stay a night while others stayed for years. That meant that there were usually more girls at home than just my four natural sisters. My mom wanted to earn some extra income and save money on buying all of the required cosmetics and skin care. Someone recruited her into Mary Kay.
Joel Osteen is the Senior Pastor of Houston’s Lakewood Church, the largest church in the U.S. He’s immediately recognizable from his television ministry, bestselling books and stadium appearances.
Pastor Osteen has a consistent message of encouragement and hope. That inspirational message resonates with the members of his home church and also with the millions who tune in to his weekly broadcast.