Ettie Newlands

I struggled to find words to write, or even to think, about the murders at the synagogue in Pittsburgh last weekend.

I had the same struggle about Columbine in 1999.

And the Las Vegas massacre last year, and the Pulse nightclub shooting the year before that.

Remember Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook?

And the 31 people killed in the University of Texas shooting?

How about Fort Hood? And the church in Charleston?

And who can forget the movie theatre incident in Aurora? Or the more recent shooting at the high school in Santa Fe that left 14 dead?

And we’re not even talking about bombs, or vehicles driving into crowds, or airplanes driving into buildings.

I can make no sense of any of this, other than it is indeed a fallen world.

Even a cursory glance at His Word tells us this is not what God intended, but is the result of man’s inhumanity to man, one of the hardest-to-understand realities of life.

No, I cannot find words, but my dear friend Lindsey Inman did.

He found them, appropriately enough, in the Talmud, and he posted them on Facebook.

With no words of my own, I copy his.

In them I found comfort, and clarity, and hope.

I hope you do.

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.

“Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now.

“You are not obligated to complete the work,

“But neither are you free to abandon it.”

Amen.

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