I'm not suggesting that we turn our backs on the events themselves. I'm certainly not implying that we should lack concern and compassion for those involved; but until that concern can be translated into action, there is much damage that can be done. We tend to gravitate toward the darkness. To watch the news loops repeatedly doesn't enhance our sensitivity. If anything, like a vaccine, it steels our resistance to horror.
In western society, we are "doers" by nature. We are less likely than some cultures to turn inward and to trust in the power of prayer and meditation. My teen aged son drove this point home to me as we were lighting candles and praying last night and he voiced..."yeah, Mom, but what can we DO?" Prayer IS an action. Choosing to live in the light IS an action. Offering comfort to those were first hand witnesses, giving blood, and awaiting word on other ways to help are all active means of helping. Unfortunately, no action we can take can unravel the maze of uncertainty, anger and fear brought about by events like yesterday's bombings. In our media driven culture, we are subjected not only to traumatic events, but also to the repeated regurgitation of them. We want answers, and we fall prey to awaiting that next news report, which often simply recaps what we already know.
Today I am choosing for myself, for my family and for the children in our care to live in the light. We will take stock in the sunny day, in the leaves beginning to burst forth, in the heady aroma of hyacinth that permeates our back yard. We will search for beauty, we will offer hugs, we will appreciate the magic that awaits around the corners lit by hope. And as the sun sets and darkness begins to fall, we will light our candles formed in the shape of a heart. We will pray, and stand in the light, ready to help in whatever ways we can.