When bad things happen, parents become filters. Blotting out some of the details is our way of protecting our children. Complete insulation isn’t possible, so my kids are aware of Friday’s tragedy.
What’s interesting is how children process this information. My older son quickly asked, “Is the shooter dead?” I responded that he was. After the news report, I asked my son if it scared him, if he worried it could happen here. He said, “no, not if the bad guy is dead.”
His innocence touches me. I know life will eventually chip it away, but I don’t want to hasten the wear. This is why I didn’t tell him that evil is not a single person. He doesn’t need to know that the death of one cruel person doesn’t ensure safety for all. He will know soon enough that life is a constant battle of good versus evil and that sometimes it feels like evil will prevail.
When it seems like good is down, waiting for the count, I need to replenish my hope that good will rise again.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9)
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)
The truth about evil is that it is all around us. It threatens to crush our spirit and taunts us to judge and retaliate. Evil might win some battles, but good has God behind it. I have to hope that one day, good will triumph and darkness will be replaced by His glorious light.