Mad World?!?

People are dead.

There is no good reason and it sucks no matter the angle taken to explain. We can call then angles, heroes, martyrs, or what have you…they are dead. Everyone read this or not reading this will die.

What the hell is going on in this society?

I am sitting here trying to write papers. I am compelled to read about it and began to watch the news conference. A_ _hole I am. Why am i not praying? What am I doing? Voyeur!

I have spent a better part of the morning reading threads on this tragedy. People are arguing the politics of it. Some blame Satan and his evil minions for this attack against the gay loving American fabric. Some lobby for gun control. Some laugh at those praying and questioning God.

Everyone has an opinion. Everyone is pointing fingers. Everyone owns the truth.

Why is this event more tragic than the thousands that die in Africa due to war, famine, drought, or disease?

It intrigues me as to what draws the attention of this fickle culture. We have the collective attention span of a ten-year-old.

My heart breaks at this. My head hurts. I wonder why God would let this happen to anyone. I get scared. I want to bury my head in the sand.

I am reminded of Tears for Fears song “Mad World”, as covered by Gary Jules.

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It’s a very, very
Mad World
Mad world
Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday
And I feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what’s my lesson
Look right through me, look right through me
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It’s a very, very
Mad World
Mad World
Enlarging your world
Mad World.

It is a mad world, full of hurting, broken people. Where do the differences lay? I like Kendra’s prayer, “Suffering God who lived among us and died as a criminal, Be with those who mourn loss and who feel isolated in their grief and loneliness. Be present in the Holy Spaces where we gather as your people to worship and know you. Amen.

This will be my prayer today.

3 thoughts on “Mad World?!?

  1. Kendra says:

    Sometimes the people with their opinions and interpretations seem a lot like Job’s friends…who started out strong, as the silent partners who were just present…who just sat on the ash heap in solidarity….but THEN…they had to go and open their mouths with their theology and opinions and projections…

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