The Single Mom & The School Shooting

The Single Mom & The School Shooting

It was a conversation I never wanted to have over pancakes before school…

Sunshines, if there is a person with a gun at your school I want you to run.  Run like hell home.  Don’t grab your backpacks, your coat, or your lunch, SPRINT.

Yes, I said hell.  It got their attention. I’m not sure if that was the right thing after it came out of my mouth, but what else was I supposed to say?  I couldn’t take the news of the 18th school shooting this school year and I will no longer sit back and think, “oh that won’t happen to us we live in a nice suburb.” Oh no, that’s exactly who it happens to.

After I walked them to school with a heightened sense of awareness, sent an email to the principle asking for a copy of their safety plan, and redid my entire radio show based on the news, I finally sat down with my bible for comfort begging God for something…any bit of wisdom to share with you.  He provided this…

It’s a chapter in Psalms I’ve been wanting to use for a Bible Study for Single Moms.  Psalm 34.  Ironically, written when David was running from a bad guy – Abimelech, who wanted to kill him. These verses stood out…

“Turn from evil and do good; Seek peace, and pursue it.” -Psalm 34:14

But, God, I thought evil feels like it’s everywhere today.  I felt the quiet whisper in my soul from Him, “well then you be the good.”  We all have the choice. I did a google search “does good win over evil” and found this gem, a Cherokee legend.

Good wins over evil when you feed the good within you and your family.  

When you feed your children a big dish of Jesus every day and a side of empathy, forgiveness, and love, good conquers evil.

If you give in to anger over your situation, greed to have bigger house then your friends, resentment over what has happened to you in life, and an ego of winning over compassion, evil conquers good.

Winning the battle of good verses evil starts with you.

I had a conversation with my boyfriend today about a situation with his son.  He called me to tell me a story of his 19 year old son seeing a homeless man outside the grocery store.  He didn’t ignore him. He didn’t give him his change. He stopped to listen to his story and told him to go in the grocery story and buy whatever he needed.

We win at life not by raising athletes that get college scholarships and play professional sports or geniuses that become Rhodes scholars. We win at life when we raise compassionate human beings.

When you wonder what can you do to stop this alarming trend of violence can I humbly suggest it’s not about writing a diatribe on your Facebook page about gun laws, but it starts with a conversation at the dinner table about love, who needs it, and how can we best give it away.

“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” -Psalm 34:14

For the families devastated by evil in Florida today may I offer you this promise from God. I am praying that you physically feel the father’s loving arms around you…ironically this was written by David when he was running from evil.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” -Psalm 34:17-18



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