This morning, I woke to the news of the shooting that took place in Thousand Oaks, California. And, immediately, I knew that this tragedy will start yet another discussion on the reasons for or against stricter gun laws. Truth be told! I’m sick of the insensitivity of both sides of the argument.
People are mourning over the loss of loved ones, while our country takes up their banner to promote their belief system. Let’s step down off of our moral high ground to show honor and respect for those, who are grieving.
If you saw and heard the father of one of the victims, you would realize that there’s a time and a place for everything. As a father, the devastation in his voice touched me deeply! I can’t begin to imagine, what he might be feeling, as he processes the lost of his first born son.
After watching the video on my timeline, I thought about my own children as they lay peacefully in their beds. Doing life with a two- and a four- year old is tiring and crazy! But, that’s what I signed up for as their father. God forbid that someone would take that away from me.
As a father, I want the ABSOLUTE best for my children. Why? Because, they are a part of me. I give my all to protecting my children from the demons of this world. And, this father has been stripped of his role of protector of his son’s well being. His heart has been ripped into peace like skin, that was penetrated by bullets. It’s been trampled like many of the individuals, who laid on the floor as the the shoots rang through that little bar. Think on that for a minute before you carry on with the gun control debate.
Hopefully, speechless has become a part of your arsenal to help heal a hurting community and Nation. Please…No more Words! Unless, you have words of encouragement to offer. As I finish clicking the keys on this laptop, I’ll get up and place gentle kisses on their heads. I’ll whisper these words into their ears: YOUR DADDY LOVES YOU! I’ll pray for those, who have been directly and indirectly impacted by this tragedy.
Why? Simply put! We need to recognize that life and death resides in the power of the tongue. The time will come to make your voice heard loud and clear. However, I believe that the time has come to be still.
It’s time for…No Words!