I Peter 5:8 

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

 

From the chair – As of noontime Monday, there are 50 dead and 400 wounded in Las Vegas. That level of destructive impact is beyond the scope of imagination. It brings to mind the question – “How can we best respond to this kind of unfathomable act?”

The every-man’s handbook on dealing with traumatic events has a quick list-

  1. Avoid rushing to judgment, reaction or action – wait for the facts to unfold.
  2. Look for lessons first – blame second.
  3. Remember that anger is more likely to aid than counter evil.
  4. Consider fear as a reasonable response – turn it to responsible action to make it productive.
  5. Remind yourself of your blessings, thank the ones you like and hug the one’s you love.

There’s a couple of other things we can do-

  1. For people of faith, prayer is a perfect place to land. It’s a source of power when we feel powerless.
  2. Hold to the fact that the more evil the world becomes, the more important being a good person becomes.
  3. Remember the lightening bug – the darker the night, the brighter it’s light. Be one where you are.

On a trip to Rome with my son some years ago, I had an opportunity to share bread with a Vatican priest. He relayed a timely insight I would now like to pass to you –

“The first generation of Saints were martyrs for the church. The second generation of Saints were great leaders, educators, innovators, healers and contributors. The last generation of Saints will simply be those who can manage to be normal in an abnormal world.”

How can most of us best respond to the tragedy in Las Vegas? Work ever harder to be normal in our abnormal world…

 

Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save

 

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