A fortnight ago I read two contrasting articles. One article was talking about the recent Colorado shooting and comments were made about where God was in that event. There are people who cannot accept a loving God allowing this to happen.
The next article I read set me thinking. The writer suggested that we should not think that God is here to make everything nice and peaceful (these, incidentally are not the exact words of the writer but you get the idea). Hmmm… in my reflection to the question: where is God in this?, I do see the point the second writer was talking about. To take it further, I think it is the reality of God in each one of us that shapes our relationships with one another. To understand how God can be in this means looking first at ourselves. Is the God in me an angry person? Is the God in me a vengeful person? Is the God in me furious and raging to shoot people in their faces?
Or is the God in me at peace? Is the God in me compassionate? Is the God in me patient? Is the God in me loving?
In some ways therefore we have to take responsibility of our actions. Our forefathers had to take responsibility for their actions. Generations of unenlightened persons have raised up younger generations of angst, people who are self-centered, people who have not learned to love others as the holy men and women who had gone before us did. I stand among many who have failed to bring up children who are loving, other-looking, taking responsibility of God’s creations and not abusing them. I try to teach my children good values but they (with a mind of their own) are affected by what their peers do, and what society at large does and conform to.
I think the onus is on everyone to be self-aware, and to want to live harmoniously with one another. Let’s pray for a breath of fresh outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit onto the face of the earth and let God’s peace and love reign.
May we find the breath of the Holy Spirit upon our being.