Yesterday was the occasion of the first funerals for most of the children involved in the deadly bus crash in Switzerland. 15 children and two adults from a northern Belgium school were laid to rest. Immeasurable sorrow at the loss of life of ones so young. The suddenness of the accident and the large loss of life (28 in all) saddens me to the core. All the flip-flap going on in the Republican Primaries and the rest of the world dims if just for a moment with the moment of silence around the Belgian school where most of these kids attended. What must it be like for the parents who received that horrible telephone call from the police telling them of the news.
We always say that events such as this “puts things in perspective.” I can do without that. I know that some of the things I worry about are really silly and really not worth my time. Yet I do it anyway although I can “see it in perspective.” I don’t need a tragedy such as this to remind me. When I see the world from space, I get a perspective. The perspective is that I am really really tiny on this planet I share with all of you. I mourn at the loss of the energy these youngsters brought to their corner of the world. I can’t actually feel it, but I know there is less of it. We are all connected and we all feel when the “bad” happens. Right now, I don’t care if the soldier who killed women and children in the dead of night was drunk or not. The women and children are still dead and their energy, or life-force has stopped. I don’t care that Mr. Zimmerman’s life was/was not threatened, Trayvon is still dead. I don’t care that the young man in Toulouse was avenging this or that, a man and his children are dead. That is the truth. And speaking of truth and truth-sayers, today’s clip is from the Book of John who describes John the Baptist as a truthful man and what to look for:
“You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
I do not accept human testimony,
but I say this so that you may be saved.
He was a burning and shining lamp,
and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.”(John 5)
The light of people who work for the good of others is our light. The light of people who only work for the good of themselves is dim. Rejoice in your life today and remember those who’s lives were cut short by accident or violence.
and so it goes…