Mostly people are talking today about the wedding, the biracial American actress not walked down the aisle by her father.
The Bishop who shouted out imagine love changing our world and the bride’s mother sitting alone amongst the spectacle and the spectacular.
Oh, I love a wedding! Gonna miss a bridal tea tomorrow but hope we get an invite to the wedding.
I’m trying to catch up now. I didn’t set my alarm and wake up in the dark for the nuptials. I’m catching up and I’m so sorry, but it only took a minute or two.
So, I scroll and I’m reminded of the ten students. Oddly, I thought how difficult it is to fathom, how impossible to relate.
The front page of our small town paper’s headline said, “Its real!” referencing the shouts of a teacher towards children, not a false alarm, a prank or a threat.
I had the strangest revelation today. Facebook has become the instigator, the shallow sharer, the ” Enquirer”.
Satisfied and informed over the Bishop’s exhortation, I turn away, searching for writing instruction and example.
I scroll Twitter and retweet, finally feeling to some extent how they must be feeling, parents
friends, grandmas, grandpas, custodians, coaches
boyfriends and girlfriends.
A student comes to America, to Texas from Pakistan and she’s soon to return home.
But, she’s been shot. Her life is over, I stared at the picture, a beautiful girl and I felt closer to feeling the thing that makes no sense.
Because the 17 year old with the hair in his eyes made me sad, made me wonder, made me unable to believe.
He could be a killer and how no one had noticed.
But I believe and I grieve only a hint of what they are grieving.
I see the face of a child thinking life was only beginning and yet it has ended.
Everybody woke to watch the royals and it had been less than a day passing when 10 people were shot to death by a boy who himself wanted to die.
And I, not normally political was changed and I’m grateful for it finally, by the face of a pretty girl in a country foreign to her.
Quite possibly believed to be safe, secure, American-ish home.
While everyone was watching a wedding, families in Texas were just trying to breathe.
And some were numb and ceremonially engaged in the plans to bury their babies, their daughters, sons, wives.
I cannot even.
I don’t know the answer; but, it may in fact start with love. May start with intentional notice and knowing.
Everyone is taking about the dress and the choir.
The outspoken spoken word, the lyric, the call to love.
If you don’t believe me, just stop and think and imagine, think and imagine, well, think and imagine a world where love is the way.
Bishop Michael Curry
What an odd contrast, a high school massacre and a royal wedding.
I’d be naive to believe it.
But, believe it still.
Hold fast. Love is still at least a part of the answer.