Pain in all forms interrupts our lives and changes the way we see the world.  Far too often, pain makes us look at things we normally wouldn’t.  However, pain also makes us search frantically for things to remove that pain from our lives.  So, also far too often, we end up looking for both relief and answers in places where there are none to be found.  Pain reminds us that things are not what they should be, that there is something wrong.  But when the pain is societal, the symptoms are rarely the source of the problem.  There is no easy answer or easy solution to what happened in CT, and honestly it offends my reality of experiencing this pain when someone offers up one.  There is no healing when that happens.  In the face of pain, we truly want healing.  I want healing, not some half-thought-out knee-jerk response to the brokenness that we all know exists.  I crave in the face of such pain, restoration and reclamation… and all people, after they get past their anger or shock or dismay, crave that too.

Our hearts ache.