There are many people dealing with grief and anger right now. They want something done NOW. Many are telling us not to send our “thoughts and prayers”. I understand their anger. Losing friends and family is never easy. It’s even harder when it’s because of violence that we believe could have been avoided. I do not want to belittle anyone’s grief.
That being said. Telling me or anyone else that our “thoughts and prayers” don’t do any good are not helping any of US deal with our grief and anger. I realize that not all “thoughts and prayers” are sincere. I realize it has become a catch phrase much like “how are you”. But for some of us, thoughts and prayers are truly that.
I pray at various times during the day. It brings ME comfort to express my emotions to God. I call on His name to provide my soul a respite in my daily struggle to understand things around me. I pray for so many people around the world. I may be praying for you even though I don’t even know your name. Please don’t belittle my walk with God just because you may not understand it.
On another note, do you really want our thoughts to not be on your circumstances? Do you really want us to stop thinking about the horrific trauma you are dealing with? Somehow I don’t think so. I don’t want anyone else to have to deal with the horrible tragedy you and your community has gone through.
I want my thoughts and prayers centered around you. I don’t want to become complacent with violence. I don’t want anyone to stop thinking about it. That’s why nothing changes.
I want to do something. I will do something. But until I figure out what that is, I will continue to keep you and your community in my thoughts and prayers.