Saturday, December 15, 2012

JUST SHUT UP


 I got to spend time with the granddudes and a tiny dudette last night and today. We ate, played, fussed and created .  And I hugged and kissed them a lot.

A few weeks ago I sat on the floors of the kindergarten and first grade rooms in Happy Texas.  I sat with Jarrod on my lap and read to him.  I got to see all the other grandparents with their little ones.  I then wandered to the first grade room and sat with Joey while he read to me.  It was such a good day that I got to share with my grands.  I am again in awe of people who teach because I certainly couldn't do it. 

Yesterday people woke up and hurriedly got short people off to school.  Parents made sure tummies were fed, teeth were brushed and backpacks were in place.  It was a *normal* day all across the country.  

What a difference one day makes.

Last night I cried, prayed and tried sending healing positive energy to and for a place I have never even been toI cannot even began to comprehend that horrible act of violence that occurred to such small, innocent, trusting souls. I kept remembering sitting on the floor of the school with 2 of my own.

Today families, friends, an entire community, state and nation are reeling with emotions and facebook is filled with such stupid trash as *this is a call for stricter gun control*  *I will NEVER let them take my guns* *This would not have happened if we had not taken God out of schools* *If Obama was not President*.

Friends....I call bullshit.

What happened yesterday was because of mental illness, brokenness, evil and free will.   People who are alright do NOT commit such unspeakable acts.

Instead of being kind and standing with people who are grieving, instead of offering only healing words and holding people who needed to be held,  people began to try to point and blame and run their mouths....or fingers in this case.

Freaking  stop it.

Take what happened yesterday personally and change how you act in your world.  Practice love, kindness and tolerance.  Shut your mouths.  Stop the hateful propaganda and remember what it is like to feel.  Walk in kindness.  Smile when you greet people.  For pete's sake DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR SOMEONE TODAY.  

Too many people want to TALK about change but do not want to BE the change. There really is no place for trash talk and rhetoric right now. There are no wordsNothing will ever make sense in this act.  Not yesterday, not today,  not tomorrow. 

And now comes the part where I will lose friends.

My Christian brothers and sisters.  Those of you posting that this happened because God is not in our schools.  REALLY??? By posting that, you are saying that those lives would have been spared if there was a cross on the door or if a two minute prayer had been said that morning.  Are you saying if I wear a cross around my neck nothing bad will ever happen to me? That is so wrong and you are sending out a message about a *magical* god.   You know better.  God is in our schools if you are doing what you know to do each and every day.  People are disgusted with us Christians because of things like that.  You know what, they have ever right to be.   Why would they want to be like us We don't practice what we teach.  That must change.

And I am not just talking about you....I am talking about myself too.

Today a community is in mourning.  Our job is to mourn with them and hold them up.  

We all have a job to do.  So let's shut up and start doing it.  Let's start with what is right in front of us and then venture out.  Stop talking and start with love, healing and kindness.





28 comments:

  1. I love you, Mindy. You are right on. I posted a similar themed post on facebook during the election. One of my favorite saying is "you must be the change you wish to see in the world. (TAT?)(I still don't have one.)

    xoxo, Grandma Cheryl

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    1. I love you too Cheryl. That would be an awesome tat! You love that baby girl tight.

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  2. Amen and amen. My blog post is not up because I'm struggling to say with kindness what you have said so beautifully.

    Off to bake cookies, love on my girls and pray, pray, pray...

    As my girls say "DFTBA!" (Don't Forget To Be Awesome!")

    <3

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    1. Deb you always express yourself beautifully. I talked about kindness and then feared that I had missed my ow point.

      DFTBA....LOVE it!

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  3. Couldn't have said it better. Not loosing a friend here ... Off to figure out what to tell my kindergartener and 3rd grader. Rather them hear it from us then at school tomorrow. God is good and our refuge - I think I will start there ...

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    1. Oh Adrienne I have no words. I do not know how I would even begin to explain it to the little ones! Praying for you right now.

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  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Inconceivable that anybody would use this as a bully pulpit. I understand the outrage and the helplessness in the face of any rational explanation but as you say, mourn with those who mourn.......

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    1. Dean that was the word I was looking for! I totally understand why some people are doing what they are doing.

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  5. Best sermon I have heard recently, and one to which I reply with an Amen and Amen.

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    1. LOL I doubt I would be asked back to preach. Thank you Jan.

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  7. Anonymous10:32 AM

    You are so effing right on about all of it, I am in awe of your righteousness, girlfriend. I stand with you on every single word.

    LJ

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  8. Anonymous12:04 PM

    Well said my friend!!!

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  9. Anonymous12:25 PM

    You have a beautiful heart and an intelligent mind. If only the rest of the world could understand things so well it would be a much better place.

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  10. *blink blink* Thank you for your kind words who ever you are.

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  11. Yes, yes, yes. No one has said it better than you just did. Thank you.

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  12. I appreciate that and you Zorra. I know you are someone who understands the underlying real problems.

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  13. Thank you! Couldnt have been said any better! -Madonna Allen

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  14. Thank you! Couldnt have been said any better! -Madonna Allen

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  15. Mindy I love you.

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  16. Amen Amen Amen Mindy - thank you for these words - you are a great preacher!

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  17. Well said, Mindy. Weeping....

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