The Truth About Evil

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.

Have a beautiful Sunday!  May we all find light in our days of darkness.
Have a beautiful Sunday! May we all find some light in our days of darkness.
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26 thoughts on “The Truth About Evil

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 9:05 PM

      Thanks for stopping by today, Grace. Cool gravatar, by the way 🙂

  1. BCIJo (aka Joanne Edith) December 16, 2012 / 6:29 AM

    Thank you…will share with my kids…we are all feeling what you have so beautifully set to words.

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 9:06 PM

      Thanks for the compliment, Joanne. It’s difficult to process for sure.

  2. nrhatch December 16, 2012 / 9:52 AM

    Beautiful post, Janna.

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 9:06 PM

      Thanks, Nancy. I appreciate you taking time to read it.

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 9:09 PM

      Thanks, APaN. For me, it helps when I get it out in words. I’m praying for a peaceful week.

  3. diannegray December 16, 2012 / 12:24 PM

    Beautiful, Janna. Children are so innocent and sometimes it makes us sad and happy at the same time when they make statements like that…

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 9:11 PM

      I’m glad you liked it, Dianne. Even children have a sense of the presence of good and evil. If only it was tidy as catching the ‘bad guys’ and living happily ever after.

  4. Kana Tyler December 16, 2012 / 1:57 PM

    “When bad things happen, parents become filters”… SO true!!!

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 9:12 PM

      We have to, Kana. If they knew all of it, they’d fear everything.

  5. agjorgenson December 16, 2012 / 3:14 PM

    Thanks for these important reminders about the power of love.

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 9:12 PM

      Thanks for reading, Agjorgenson 🙂

  6. Debbie December 16, 2012 / 3:31 PM

    Absolutely, Janna. Such tragic news makes a parent want to hug her kids closer than ever, to prevent the madness from overtaking them. Still, we know the final outcome of this — that God wins! — and that should provide a lot of comfort. It does, for me anyway.

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 9:15 PM

      God winning is the final chapter, but the garbage in between gets miserable. Some days it is so hard to see good in this world. When I hear stories of true compassion and selfless acts, it gives me hope that there is some good left in humanity. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts, Debbie!

  7. rerodan December 17, 2012 / 1:12 AM

    …”At the end of the storm
    Is a golden sky
    And the sweet silver song of the lark” ….Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein from the song You’ll Never Walk Alone in Carousel.

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2012 / 9:23 PM

      I’m not familiar with the song, but I like the imagery. Thanks for stopping by and sharing those words, Rerodan!

  8. Tori Nelson December 17, 2012 / 5:23 AM

    Faith is the only and best comfort we can have right now. Wonderfully written, Janna. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2012 / 9:28 PM

      Thank you for reading, Tori. We need our faith in these difficult times.

  9. Sandra December 21, 2012 / 2:30 PM

    Children have innocence, resilience, and the power to heal. They are less affected because of their innocence, and by no means would I want to take that away too soon. The world will do enough of that. But we seek solace in their innocence, and what a great comfort that is.

    • jannatwrites December 21, 2012 / 10:56 PM

      That is such a beautiful comment, Sandra. I agree with your sentiments. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂

  10. pattisj December 30, 2012 / 9:40 PM

    I’m glad you are the filter for your children’s news. And that you can discuss it with them. Looking forward with you for that glorious day!

    • jannatwrites December 30, 2012 / 10:12 PM

      I don’t like discussing the ‘bad’ things in this world, but they have to know some of it so they don’t hold a false sense of security. Fine line between informed and fearful, though.

  11. whimsygizmo March 11, 2013 / 7:08 AM

    Beautiful, perfect piece, offering perfect peace. Doesn’t get any better than that. Thank you.

    • jannatwrites March 12, 2013 / 7:48 AM

      Thanks so much for stopping by for a piece of peace, Whimsygizmo 🙂

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