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There are moments of uncertainties and confusion in this life when tragic events occur and we wonder why. Allow me to remind you that we are living in a time that each day is filled with events, good and bad. Turning on the TV early Monday morning, I expected to listen to an updated report about the condition of US citizens in Puerto Rico; however, CNN was broadcasting breaking news about a horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The reporter said thousands of country music fans ran for cover as a gunman fired his weapon on them, “unleashing a hail of bullets from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Hotel.” He first reported that 20 plus individual were killed and another 100 plus were shot but later revised the report to 59 people killed and 527 injured.

As the news was unfolding my thoughts and prayers were not only for the victims of the shooting but for the people of Puerto Rico as I wondered whether or not they had received the much-needed supplies, food, and medicine to prevent more deaths due to the devastation by Hurricane Maria. The knowledge that 3.4 million residents were in crisis because of  the events of nature left me confused as to how the wealthiest country in the world was unable to provide the needed resources.

On the other hand, a plea from the authorities in Nevada requesting much needed blood for the victims was met with overwhelming response by the citizens. Governor Brian Sandoval said, “I don’t know if I have words to describe what we’re going through, and what these poor unfortunate victims or going through but we’re angry, we’re grieving, we’re confused.” His plea for help was similar to that of the Mayor of San Juan.

These two devastating events which occurred within two weeks of each other give us more reason to pray for our nation’s healing.  In the case of Hurricane Maria, man had no control. The other event was the result of a psychopathic gunman. As we try to understand the reason for the gunman’s action let me point to several known characteristics displayed by a person who is morally bankrupt and deranged.

  • They are uncaring and show a lack of empathy for humanity. They are described as cold-hearted and cold-blooded. Human life to them is void of compassion.
  • They have shallow emotions especially social emotions such as shame, guilt, and embarrassment.
  • They are irresponsible, unreliable and always blaming others for things that are actually their own fault. They may admit blame when forced into a corner, but these admissions are not accompanied by a sense of shame or remorse, and they have no power to change their future behavior.

So, whenever you feel moments of uncertainty and confused about life, remember there is always hope and I believe, a supreme power who is greater than hurricanes, psychopathic gunmen and trauma we encounter.

Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten