"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21
You can't escape the evil that came to an elementary school on Friday. You can't hide from it and you can't make it disappear.
Every parent on earth, every person who ever loved a child, felt outrage at the violation of the most precious, most innocent among us.
Tears were plentiful following the news Friday of the horrific scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. There is no way to become inured to the horror of these mass shootings. There is no way to barricade yourself from the raw emotions. It's easy to feel helpless in the face of the seemingly endless news of evil in our world.
It's hard to turn away from the madness and face the joy the Christmas season brings. It's easy to feel anger. We can't control the heartbreak. We can, however, control our response.
We must fight dark with light; evil with good; hate with love.
Sometimes it takes a pretty in-your-face example of the good in the world to give you strength to look forward to the celebration of Christ's birth with joy.
I got that example again on Sunday.
That's when I stood, broad smile on my face, in the midst of organized chaos, laughter and joy. A cadre of firemen, wonderful drivers of UPS, and volunteers joined together in the midst of a crazy-busy holiday season to bring happiness to others.
The Holiday Family Adoption program is a perfect example of that good which fights off evil. People give of themselves with no expectation of recognition or personal gain. They love. They love people whom they've never met, people they have no expectation of ever getting to know.
For me, just being a part of the Holiday Family Adoption Program for all these years is a gift. This year, that gift was greater than ever.
It reminded me that, despite the dark corners in our world, there is so much light. It also gave me hope that, in this crazy world, there is so much joy. And, there is plenty of love to fight the hate.
Wishing all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas.