I never watch the news. I sometimes read about it. There’s just too much to keep up with.
This past Friday I spent the night with my parents after my dad had a stint in the hospital. My brother used to live in Memphis, we have friends there, and the city is on the verge of something big as police body cam footage is about to be released. My mind has been filled with frustrating, sad, angry, and confusing thoughts.
It’s Holocaust Memorial Day, and the only positive news story I see is of a successful play about Holocaust survivors. But even that is only good news about bad news that must be remembered.
But there’s a tiredness to everything. What lessons have we learned? That same night, news of a shooting at a synagogue, that was a response to a shooting of Palestinians.
The home attack of the spouse of a House Speaker.
School shootings in schools where nothing was done.
And the killing of a man by five police officers in Memphis.
I picked the worst night to watch the news.
Nothing feels safe. Nothing feels stable. Nothing feels right.
It all keeps swirling around as the same experience in my head tonight as I sit with my parents, befuddled.
Why does this keep happening? Why did this happen this time? Who is responsible? What will be done to them? How do we keep it from happening again?
And these questions as being asked of everything. All the pain. All the violence. All the history repeating itself.
I’m tired of hearing over and over again of a few bad apples. What are we putting in the basket?
Where was the good news tonight?
Lord come quickly.