Killings and Politics: The violence consuming our Shared Common Life Together

We should read these articles. Let’s not ignore these stories. We should be upset and confused that this has been happening for too many decades. Columbine was the first mass shooting that I’m aware of (there may be some earlier) but young people were/are under attack long before that time. Young people in our cities have experienced death on a tragic scale. We are all implicated by indifference.

Let’s do something about loneliness, violence, mental health, anger, firearms, family disintegration, and the reality that too many young people in our city, suburban, and rural schools are being killed by their classmates and peers. I realize my children or yours could be next. Do you? How can we not do something? By being willing to change our own lives and sacrifice our own certainties we will occupy the space between and experience the wholeness that God intended. Practice neighboring. Learn the names of young people around you. It’s a start. Tired of this happening and it getting swept under the rug. #comelordjesus #gunproblem #violenceproblem #jesus #peaceandwholeness #drawnear #proximityisimportant


There is no law against…

There is no law against patience.

Have you ever noticed no one has created a law restricting a person’s willingness to wait? It’s because practicing patience is evidence of wholeness in life. Sure in some cases a person or persons can wait too long to do something but patience is about being willing to wait for the right time to act.

Yet patience gets a bad wrap. There is an overwhelming sense that we must have, be, accomplish, and respond now. Your phone notifies you there is “breaking news.” You tap, click, or slide your fingers on the device in response.


Your coworker emails you with a question on your day off. You know it isn’t urgent but feel an unsettled need to respond immediately.


You want a new computer or flat screen TV so you put it on the credit card rather than save up the cash.


You send a text to a friend or the person you like and check every few minutes to see if they’ve responded…in the car.


You waited too long to get the kids ready for school and are probably going to be late no matter what so you feel that “yell” or “tension” rising in your gut.


There is no law against patience because patience doesn’t hurt or harm others. In fact, cultivating a patient posture and faith in one’s life indicates that you trust God and others, have hope for future outcomes, and are practicing humility by acknowledging you aren’t in control of everything that happens right now.

There is no law against patience because patience is a way of life not death. May we practice patience in our daily lives as a way of experiencing new life and wholeness.

[Inspired by 1 Samuel 1 and Galatians 5:22-23]