Saturday, December 15, 2012

making sense of things that make no sense

Psalm 94 was part of the lectionary reading for morning prayer today. The following verses struck me as being appropriate not only for the season of Advent, but also to help make sense of the horror of what happened in the US yesterday.

O Lord, you God of vengeance,
you God of vengeance, shine forth!
Rise up, O judge of the earth;
give to the proud what they deserve!
O Lord, how long shall the wicked,
how long shall the wicked exult?

They pour out their arrogant words;
all the evildoers boast.
They crush your people, O Lord,
and afflict your heritage.
They kill the widow and the stranger,
they murder the orphan,
and they say, ‘The Lord does not see;
the God of Jacob does not perceive.’

At times like this, when faced with incomprehensible acts of frightening evil, followed by platitudinous comments from some in relation to gun-control (I say 'platitudinous' because these are the same things that are said every time - & there have been too many times - something like this happens, but nothing is ever done, nothing ever changes & soon the outrage dies away and people start to shake their heads sadly and say 'well, you know, it's not guns that kill people, it's people that kill people' ... right ... but it is so much easier with semi-automatic weapons) there is comfort in knowing that there is ultimately justice from which none can hide. 

It also helps to think of all the good people in the world and the simple things that can give such pleasure ... like this YouTube video of Kim Wilde giving a tipsy rendition of one of her biggest hits on the train on her way home from a Christmas party. Wow, but I loved her back in the day! And I liked her singing too, especially this song! And oddly, I almost love it more hearing it sung in a train carriage by the still gorgeous middle-aged lady she now is (even if mildly inebriated & sounding not much different to anyone else who can carry a tune at a karaoke bar!). Heartwarming, for me at least.

Enjoy ... but perhaps after you have prayed for the victims of yesterday's tragedy, their families, friends, & loved ones, their communities, all whose minds are overwhelmed by what happened, and the troubled young man who committed this atrocity and then took his own life ... 

1 comment:

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