In the wake of recent mass shootings, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed with grief, anger, and a sense of hopelessness. As a nation, we’ve seen these senseless acts of violence occur too often, and it’s easy to question whether there’s any hope for a better tomorrow. In times like these, finding comfort can be challenging, but scripture offers hope, and it’s important to remember that we’re not alone in our struggles.
One passage that comes to mind is Psalm 34:18: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” This verse reminds us that God is present even in our darkest moments and that He offers comfort and healing to those who are hurting. It’s easy to feel alone in our pain, but this verse assures us that God is with us, and He’s walking alongside us in our grief.
Another passage that offers hope is found in Matthew 5:4: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” This verse reminds us that mourning is a natural part of the human experience, and God sees our pain and offers comfort. It’s easy to feel as though our mourning is in vain, but this passage assures us that our pain is not forgotten, and that comfort is available to us.
Scripture reminds us that we’re not alone in our struggles, and there’s hope for a better tomorrow. While it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and hopeless, it’s important to remember that we have a God who sees us, and who is working to bring healing to our broken world. We’re called to come alongside one another in times of tragedy and to extend compassion and kindness to those who are hurting.
In the words of Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” This verse is a reminder that we don’t have to face our struggles alone, and that God is present to strengthen and guide us through the most challenging times.
In conclusion, while mass shootings can leave us feeling overwhelmed and hopeless, it’s important to remember that we’re not alone in our pain and that scripture offers hope and comfort. By leaning on God and coming alongside one another, we can find the strength to face even the darkest of moments. Let us continue to extend love and compassion to those who are hurting, and work together towards a brighter tomorrow.
-Fr. Christopher Metropulos, OCN Executive Director