Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The murder of two young ladies over the last two weeks has left a lot of people asking questions. It is undoubtedly the most talked about incident in this area of Berkeley County.
It is sad beyond words. Young ladies, not even in their prime, having their lives taken, allegedly by two young men.
What type of person would commit such a crime? Emotion says ruthless, cruel, even wicked, and as one lady said just pure heartless. For me to envision someone actually taking a gun and killing someone in cold blood is hard, extremely hard, because I donít carry a gun or use a gun.
I believe that even in an extreme case of self defense it would be extremely difficult for me to shoot at someone.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †
The parents, the brothers and sisters, the family members and friends of these two young ladies must feel a pain that even the most ardent sympathizers donít feel.
And then there are the two young men allegedly involved. What in the world could have possessed them to do such a thing? It is true that none of the explanations we have heard from anyone makes sense.
But can any explanation for allegedly killing two innocent young ladies in cold blood make sense? Getting the facts about what happened might make us even more enraged and confused; because what is said doesnít make sense.
When all is said and done nothing at this point can make those young ladies live again. Those who are angry will have to vent their anger responsibly. Those who mourn must let their mourning run its course. Grief cannot be stifled, it needs ventilation of some sort. To the family members, especially the parents, and to the many friends our heart goes out in this very difficult time.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †
But it is when nothing makes sense, when explanations donít make us feel any better and all we are left with is an unanswerable ďWhyĒ and a pain that wonít go away that we can turn to the only one who can answer the unanswerable, the only one who can take a tragedy and make it into something worthwhile, the one who can heal broken hearts and give us hope again, God Almighty.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †
All across this country there has been an abundance of senseless slayings, manís inhumanity to man seems to know no bounds at times. But there is a God we can turn to for comfort and consolation.
Thatís the only real answer. He understands what I cannot understand. He can explain the unexplainable. He can use what was meant for evil and turn it into good. So we trust Him to comfort us in our pain, we trust Him in time to bring some good out of all this evil. We must trust Him. Let us trust Him to guide us in everything we do.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †
As a community let us remember that people will let us down, disappoint us, seek to destroy us and commit all manner of evil against us, but God will always be there for us. And when all is said and done He can pick up our broken pieces as a community, a family or individual and put them together again. He is our only hope when all else seems senseless and hopeless. Trust Him.
The Rev. Valentine Williams is the Pastor of Transforming Life Center Church in Pineville, a motivational speaker, seminar/workshop leader, personal development coach, adjunct instructor and the author of Youth Empowered to Succeed. He is also the president of Williams Speaking and Training Services, a people development organization that conducts professional and personal development training and staff development workshops. For questions, comments or speaking engagements contact him at:firstname.lastname@example.org.