I was standing in line at Walmart when the thought crossed my mind, “What would I do if gunshots suddenly rang out?” I knew it could happen, because shoppers in a Colorado store recently experienced it.
Driving home, I passed my church, and reflected on the massacre in a house of worship in Texas only a week earlier.
Nearby I saw the college where I work, and envisioned our regular “active shooter” drills.
It seems as if our country has become a place where we can’t buy groceries, attend church, or go to school without fear that bullets will begin flying.
Maybe like me, you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the rapid-fire succession of news stories detailing mass shootings. I’m almost reluctant to turn on my TV, computer, or smartphone, for fear of hearing about another incident. (In fact, since I began writing this blog, several more horrific gun violence incidents have been reported.)
It’s tempting to live in a state of denial, become de-sensitized to tragedy, or exist in a constant “fight or flight” mode in response. Yet none of these options are healthy over the long-term.
So, how do we keep engaging life with a sense of peace and purpose when nowhere feels “safe?”