Newtown, CT – Being first to a story and early reporting is what any information outlet desires. Beating the competition to readers builds credibility and brand loyalty. Major outlets and the schools that produce media experts hold timeliness, indeed consistent first-to-market information, as a basic value of the industry.
And yet, for some in digital space, certain stories transcend business concerns. Certain stories defy one’s competitive goals, whether revenue or subscription size related. I pray this forum reaches for deeper purposes, market goals, notwithstanding. Certain stories require it. For those who view media as a vehicle through which to bring Spirit to words, certain stories require time to reflect.
And such is the story of a small community in Newtown, CT.
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“Evil has visited this community”
— Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy[/pullquote]
By now, you know the story. On Friday, Adam Lanza (20) entered Sandy Hook Elementary School, concealing multiple firearms. Lanza’s arrival came after one of the egregious evil of murdering the mother whose womb gave him life. This troubled individual would not leave the school alive. Before taking his life, Lanza violated our most innocent, traumatized families, and broke the heart of a nation. Twenty-eight lives lost. Twenty-six people in a quiet place of learning, turned into killing fields with people gunned down like hunted residents of the wild. Twenty of them children. All killed with an assault rifle. Many with multiple wounds, sustained at close range. The youngest being Noah (6), whose name in Hebrews, means rest.
It is as if grief is competing with grief. Unconscionable evil with evil. We are still seeking meaning in the Portland, OR murder-suicide committed by Jason Tyler Roberts. And indeed, even as our grief consumes us in the Newtown massacre, there are families in Portland who we cannot forget. Families in Aurora, CO will be experiencing their first Christmas without loved one. When compiled one tragedy on top of another, we are counted with the Psalmist who confessed, “I would have fainted, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” [Psalm 17:23]
For this moment, allow me to be unconventional. Rather than me taking up the various issues related to the tragedy in Newtown, this asks for your thoughts. They might be condolences to the families and Newtown. Approaches you are taking to explain this to your children. Ideas about school safety. Suggestions about dealing with troubled people in your life. Whatever is on your mind. My hope is that we will find something in the words shared that lets reassures us that evil is being loosed, but will not win. Please leave comments. Share the link with others. Bookmark. Come back in the weeks to come and beyond that.
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