Do you ever have that feeling when words are never enough? When you want to comfort someone so badly, but you know even if you found the right words it still wouldn’t be enough?
My heart has been going out for the families, friends and students in Isla Vista. I have wanted to write about it for a few days now, but couldn’t find the words. I still can’t actually.
My best friend that was here last weekend lives in Isla Vista, a few blocks away from the where the shooting was. She did not know any of the victims personally, but Isla Vista is a small area packed with many students. Everyone was affected.
The second I heard about the shooting all I could think about was if her and Dan, her boyfriend, were safe. If anyone they knew was involved. How it happened and did they know the shooter? I had visited them in February and never would have guessed that such a small community would be hit this hard.
Her Facebook status on Saturday says the words I still can’t seem to find.
We see this time and time again with the bombings, school shootings, school stabbings. The scary part is it seems to be happening more and more often. What do we need to do to fix this? Do we need to show love to those around us more at a young age? Is the idea of sex and beauty the root of this evil? How do we stop superior thinking?
Even through all the hate and anger of the shooters, we continue to see communities bounce back from these tragedies and become stronger together. Examples like Boston Strong have proven how we can get through these hard times together.
I pray that as Isla Vista goes through this tough time they can reach to God for help.
God is and always will be with us even when hard times like this happen. As communities come together I pray God can be found as their centerpiece. He won’t always stop the storms from happening, but He will help get us through them.
As Sarah said, life is so fragile. Life is crazy. Life can hit us right between the eyes and take our loved ones from us. Life is short.
When life comes around and Christ returns, how will you answer Him when He says, “What did you do with what I gave you?”
Life is so precious and it’s hard when a tragedy such as the UCSB shooting happens and reminds us of it’s preciousness. I wish I had more words to help those in need during this hard time. I wish I could make it better, but I can’t. What I can do is pray that those in need find God for strength during this hard time.
My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this tragedy. May God be with you Always.