December 14, 2022
“They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” ~ Isaiah 2:4 NIV
It’s been ten years since the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Twenty-six- and seven-year-olds were murdered, along with six adults, along with the shooter who committed suicide. In the intervening years there have been 180 school shootings in our nation; with three hundred fifty-six additional children and staff needlessly murdered.
Isaiah 2:4 paints one of the loveliest promises of peace in all the Hebrew Scriptures. Swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks. How I long for, how so many long for the day when objects used to wound and kill will be repurposed for bringing life in field and vine. But notice that the subject of Isaiah 2:4 isn’t God, it is humans. God doesn’t wave a magic wand and voila, swords suddenly become shovels and spears become hoes (as The Message translation puts it), or automatic weapons into wheelbarrows (the AFC translation). It is up to us, working together to bring lasting peace into our world.
On this 10th Anniversary of Sandy Hook, find a way to help. Organizations like “The Sandy Hook Promise” and “Safe and Sound Schools” provide opportunities to learn more about stopping gun violence, use your power of write letters, and support such organizations through volunteering and donating money.
Find one way that you can act in memory of those whose lives have been needlessly cut short and in honor of those whose lives have been forever changed. ~ Anne