We are in a phase of our history where extreme violence seems to be the way that issues are handled. Not only that, but almost every time, the people affected are innocent victims sacrificed to make a point for a cause. How desperate are the perpetrators, when the only way they see to make their world better is to kill others, knowing that they will be killed in the process? None of this is good. I don’t pretend to be okay with any of it. Regardless of my faith in humanity or my faith in God, I don’t believe that any of us are called to be joyful in this. It hurts, it is frustrating, it is exhausting, and it is maddening. What we are called to is hope. We are called to see that even in tragedy, there are moments of joy, of peace, and of grace. We are called to see that God will be faithful as we work out the culture of anger, hatred, and violence that has become so prevalent. We are called to change this culture in everything we do. So, be frustrated, angry, and sad. But, listen to what God is asking you to do in it. See where you are called to bring peace. Then, do it.