It seems there is more and more evil in the world. The recent tragedies in Sweden and Syria have broken my heart. As always, my heartbreak and I am confused.
The death of innocents. The destruction of homes. The sorrow of losses.
The blood of children. The tears of the fearful. The questions from all.
At times it feels like there is no way to avoid evil. You begin to despair that terror will become all consuming. Good news and happy stories are few and far between. Images of the dead and suffering bring you to tears as you wrestle with your beliefs in your heart.
But please remember this: “Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear.”*
Yes, there is terror. Yes, there is despondency but there is also hope.
Hope in the way we receive those around us. Hope in the love and prayers we send to those affected by terrible acts. Hope that there are people fighting for good even if it feels like the good is a tiny spark in the middle of a forest fire.
So though I am sorrowful, though I will weep for the dead and those suffering, I choose to hope.
I choose to believe love always wins.
*Spoken by President Snow in the film The Hunger Games.