Mar. 22, 2018

Commonality

“Now Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let's go out to the field.’ While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ ‘I don't know,’ he replied. ‘Am I my brother's keeper?’ The LORD said, ‘What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.’” Genesis 4:8-10

As we landed in Las Vegas, this greeted us (see picture). As excited as we were for our 41st anniversary trip, my heart sank.

My heart does that when I see images of the World Trade Center’s twin towers, all the schools where children and teachers were slaughtered, and Mandalay Bay. I’ve asked my sons to always say a prayer for the families affected by mass tragedies when we see buildings such as this. We should never forget. We should never become desensitized to what went wrong. We must always search for answers. We must find solutions – together.

Common courtesy, common sense and common good seem to be things of the past. We talk about people wanting rights without responsibility. As a voice from the middle, I see guilt on both ends.

As long as we argue and yell about what we want individually, we will not find commonality. When we seek what’s best and do God’s will, unity will resurface. True needs will be met. Solutions will be found.

As we left Las Vegas to head for the airport, my heart remembered those people who arrived in October 2017 for a concert. These people left Las Vegas changed forever and heartbroken. Some left minus a loved one. My heart hurt for them. I’m funny like that…my heart hurts for people affected by tragedy.

Hopefully, one day, our concern for commonality will return. Hopefully.

According to the word of God, I am my brother’s (and sister’s) keeper. Are you?