The date is the 17th March 2019 and this has been one full of pain and hatred all around the world. An 18 year old girl died of a heart attack. 51 people were murdered whilst praying. A 26 year old man took his life. These are just three headlines which have shocked the media this week. Not forgetting the horrendous collapse of a school in Nigeria killing 20 people most of which were children. These events have left my heart heavy and my mind in turmoil. All I can think is “how can we let this happen? How can we stop this so people don’t feel this pain anymore”. The answer is we probably can’t stop this and it will still happen. However there are ways to react to it and there are ways to prevent it. This post my friends is going to be a serious one, but one with an underlying message of positivity and hope.
The headline that hit me the most was the terrorism attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. The fact that somebody took a fully loaded gun into a place of worship with full intent to murder the people within that building will never stop causing confusion and pain in my heart. That building was meant to be their safe place, the place where them people could go to worship their god and practice their faith. It was just simply heartbreaking, but what has really inspired me is the reaction the government and the rest of the country of NZ.
Within 48 hours of the shooting, Prime minister Jacinda Ardern had passed laws through parliament banning semiautomatic weapons and assault rifles throughout the country to ensure that nothing like the attack could happen again. Once she had secured that she was visiting the mosque and meeting with the families of the victims to give them encouragement and support. She also promised to take care of the funerals, to make sure the families are supported and that she will do anything in her power to prevent this ever becoming a reality again. This is the sign of incredible leadership and that is what we need in times of hardship. We need somebody to shine the light of love and kindness when everybody feels like they’re in the dark. When there is an act of hatred which results in pain we need somebody to guide us using their light to the better place. That is a lesson we can learn from Ardern herself as she has shown this so gracefully and with strength.
Another headline which moved me to tears was that thousands of people stood around a mosque protecting grieving Muslims whilst they pray. The people that gathered at the mosque in Wellington were showing a united front and a display of solidarity to the terror and hatred. This act of kindness and community shows so much strength within humanity and one of the incredible ways we can counteract pain and hatred within this world. The co-organiser of this movement said “we want to reassure our Muslim brothers and sisters that we are here for them and with them”. This sentiment is beautiful because it is saying how no matter what people believe we are still a community, we still stand by each other throughout it all. The idea was one of support and love but also practicality, there was a barrier of protection for the people being persecuted. All differences were put aside to help the people who need it the most. Like Jesus said it is not the healthy people who need a doctor, it is the people who are hurt and low that need the most love.
These things are such incredible examples of how people effectively counteracted the hatred and pain in the world. They pulled together to protect, support and guide others through the hardships with open arms and open minds. The country of New Zealand may never be the same again however they have grown and blossomed because of that. When things are hard for yourself and others we need to find ways to help and love so that they can pull through it. So that we don’t just fight pain with more pain or hate with more hate because we are creating more negativity. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. We need to receive the victims of hatred with our hearts and tell them “you are never alone. I will stand by your side and guide you. Your light might have been dulled but you can use mine to help you find your way”. What a beautiful example of humanity pulling together and making good from evil.
Thank you so much for reading today and I hope to see you around these parts again soon!