Today I was deeply saddened when I came home for lunch and found out that 20 children and 8 adults had lost their lives today in Connecticut. Oregon had already been hit by deaths earlier this week when another young man opened fire at a mall in Portland. Reminding me of the Thurston High School shooting in 1998, where I graduated the previous year, the Virginia Tech shooting, the Colorado shooting, the shooting in Arkansas…..the list sadly goes on. I read words by Colin Goddard who I was honored to meet and photograph, a survivor at Virginia Tech who now works for The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. So many lives have ended too soon. I sat here thinking….we are so much better than this.
I’ve been looking for a photo to illustrate this quote that was in our bulletin last Sunday at the Eugene Mennonite Church. Today, it seems fitting and I wish for this peace in time for the families who lost their children today. Knowing their lives have been overturned.
“When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty in the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grade of the world, and am free.” -Wendell Berry