Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ugly or Lovely

I am perplexed. I read that a woman stabbed eight children (seven of her own) to death in Australia. This was just after I watched a report on the massacre of over one hundred thirty children killed by the Pakistani Taliban. I happen to believe innocent life is sacred and must be protected. At the same time as I am shaken by these very real distant horrors, I am filled with hope for my (our) first child. I want to protect the child my wife is soon to deliver from the grim reality that exists in this world, but that thankfully is not the constant universal condition. There is love and beauty in the Lord's Creation. I want to shield my child in innocence, but I know eventually, the ugly and grotesque will intrude on our idyll.

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