How many prayers can I say to correct what has gone wrong? How many prayers would it take to change this vicious course of events? What actions can I take to fix these horrible things? A grown man walks into a school and assaults the girl children there. He then kills one and then himself with a high powered gun. Another grown man a thousand miles away goes into a schoolhouse and attacks a room full of girl children with a high powered gun. Five are dead today. Several others are in the hospital mortally wounded. The doctors call it being in ‘critical condition’. They say the children who have been attacked by these adults are in ‘critical condition’. That’s the medical term. What is the human term? If you watch professional sports why take one minute of just one game to consider how you can change things. You can’t stop what happened already. It’s worse than a fumble or a missed pitch. If you own a gun - why not take one minute to think about what could do to change the course of this blood-red rage for senseless violence? If you are in business why not take one minute of one coffee break to think of a way to stop this baggage from following and permeating our society? Girl children. Slaughtered by men. ] For all the noise and dust kicked up about terrorists and the enemy ‘out there’ look at what happened here in the United States. Spawned from home grown hatred and misguided choices and lives that exclude hope. A Baptist clergyman from Kansas had this to say about the slaughter of the innocents in Pennsylvania, "Those Amish people, everyone is sitting around talking about those poor little girls — blah, blah, blah — they brought the wrath upon themselves.“ He said the Amish "don't serve God, they serve themselves." Charles Carl Roberts IV killed these girls — Naomi Rose Ebersole, 7; Marian Fisher, 13; Mary Liz Miller, 8; and her sister Lena Miller, 7, Anna Mae Stoltzfus, 12. Another 6 year old girl was taken off life support so that she could be taken home to die. Dr. D. Holmes Morton who was working with the 6 year old said, "I just think at this point mostly these families want to be left alone in their grief and we ought to respect that." Here is a man who worked with the Amish for years and still doesn’t see what is right in front of him. The Amish don’t want to be left alone. They want you to join them in a life of peace and harmony. The world is a harsh place as it is but the modern world is filled with things that do not need to be that cause needless sorrow and waste a lot of time. The handguns that killed these children wasted a lot of time and have caused much sorrow. An Amish neighbor comforted the Roberts family hours after the shooting and extended forgiveness to them. What courage before Christ have you shown today that could even come close to matching the compassion and love that was shown here? It went almost without notice. Hidden in the howling mob-like news coverage. The common human experience was nearly quenched in the riot of sound and images just as the lives of these girl children were snuffed out. But the light shone out. Do you see it? What action will you take to make the world a better place? What will YOU do to make this country and God’s world a place where girl children are safe? It’s up to you. This happened to your neighbors. People you are bound to protect as an American and a person.