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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

July 20, 2012


Ah summertime.

If I could, I would like to write about vacation and sun and the lake and the loons. I’ll keep the memories with me until my next journey to the lake. I’d like to write about that if I could.

But it all seems so out of place; what with the events of the past couple weeks. Two things loom with in the National Psyche. Each is momentous in its outcome, tragic in its scope. And each produces intense feelings; sometimes feelings that are 180 degrees apart. 

Consider Penn State for a moment. This includes a 900 lb. 8 ft high bronze statue. And Assistant Coaches. And Alumni. And a sterling reputation tarnished. And raw power. And NCAA sanctions. At the very center, lest we forget, is the lost innocence of children. Lives never to be recovered.

Consider Aurora, Colorado. This includes so many dead and injured. Confidence and personal security shaken. Gun advocates. Gun Control.

In both cases, we have a picture of America today. Each is tragic in countless ways. These events command worldwide headlines within days of one another.

But, what I find interesting is how we can come to conclusions about how we arrived at this point; conclusions that are 180 degrees from one another.

Penn State shows us either a St. Joe or Evil Joe. I doubt the opposing camps will reconcile their vast differences.

Aurora demonstrates that we need more guns to protect us or that we need fewer guns to protect us. I doubt the two sides will ever agree.

We aren’t sure what roads brought us to this point.

Yet, there is an amazing amount agreement on the tragic outcomes of both and recognition of the lives lost and innocent not being protected. There is a drive to protect the living and honor the dead. Especially there is the will to protect the young and vulnerable.

And so, not knowing how we arrived at this juncture, we are unsure of which roads to take next.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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