“The worst mass shooting in the history of the United States of America,” the newscasters and the headlines declared. Fifty dead. At least 53 wounded. Not just numbers. People. Individuals. Daughters. Sons. Brothers. Sisters. Friends. Someone’s beloved. And I remember and cling still to the truths in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s words, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
And I reflect on the question a dear friend posed to me, “Aww my friend. When will the haters learn to love?” My only answer is, when the haters come to know the One who is Light and Love.
“Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, ‘I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life’” (John 8:12, AMP).
“The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.] (1 John 4:8, AMP).
May those of us who profess to know Him allow His light and His love to be visible in us today.