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Early this morning while doing a little net surfing I ran across this nugget of wisdom from the pen of author/speaker, Michael McMillan who said, “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep Re-Reading the last one” – how true. As we absorb the aftershock of recent events and join the expedition for solutions, we must keep the vehicle’s transmission in the Drive position, not Reverse. Yes, there is much to learn from the past. In the aftermath of such tragedy, finding the pieces and putting the puzzle together may well help us better understand the psyche behind such acts of violence and its perpetrators, but the social ills (the root of the problem) that seem to have a stranglehold on our nation will not be solved by dwelling on them. We must come to terms with the fact of living in a broken world alongside 7.4 billion broken people.

Friend, our best efforts will not alter what has been; the past is on lockdown and cannot be changed. Yes, yes, yes, it is a good thing to learn from it, but it isn’t a good thing to box up your life and move in with it. To do so will have you stewing in a pot of dismay serving up more bowls full of uncertainty, fear, and unhealthy grief to others. I am not saying, “just get over it”, NO! My stomach churns still, and my heart feels as though it is being run through a paper shredder even as I sit here writing. Let us mourn our losses in heartfelt sincerity, it is right to do so, but please do not allow the pain to fester or embitter. Personally, I find and take comfort in God’s word every day, and the passage I turned to this morning was Hebrews 12:1-2 which reads:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith” (NLT).

Pray for peace at home and abroad.