By Katie Kieffer
For the past few Mondays, you haven’t heard from me. I had surgery to repair an injury and wanted to update you – many of whom have followed my columns for years – and let you know I still have a passion for the pen. My sincere thanks to all who sent prayers, texts and other forms of encouragement! I’m on track for a full recovery, and hope to return to writing soon.
But bigger than me, I wish address last night’s tragic shooting that left at least 58 dead and over 515 wounded at a country music concert in Las Vegas. A madman-turned-sniper smuggled hundreds of rounds of ammunition, 19 rifles, and two tripods into his room in the Mandalay Bay hotel. Around 10:08 p.m., the sound of gunfire cut through the evening air.
32 floors below, 22,000 people were celebrating. Now, those same revelers were frantically using their own fingers to plug bullet wounds. A few hours later, President Trump would rightly call this tragedy–now the largest mass shooting in U.S. history–“an act of pure evil.”
You and I live in a very troubling time. North Korea threatens our country with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack while, as I wrote in May, our power grid has never been more vulnerable to an EMP attack. Natural disasters have destroyed homes and lives from Houston, Texas to the Caribbean islands. Lone wolves like the Las Vegas gunman are increasing in number and the profile is always the same: a mentally unstable male who goes to a gun-free zone to obliterate human life.
I urge you to pray and to keep hope. We cannot succumb to despair but we also cannot brush away our duty to help our fellow men and women. Each of us can easily take three minutes each day to pray for peace for our country; to pray for our President and Congress; and to pray for our local officials and educators. Every day, each of us can do at least one positive thing (it could be as simple a smiling at a downcast soul) to create peace in our homes, schools and workplaces.
If you’re angry at a family member or close friend, forgive them, and if possible – reconcile in person. Try to love them again, as God loves both you and them. This isn’t easy and I certainly struggle with forgiveness myself from time to time. Yet, moving in this direction is key because there will be no peace or prosperity for a country that does not have peace in its families. Only from peace in our families will we build a solid moral foundation that will allow us to finally achieve tranquility and prosperity in society.
May God bless America.