I was reminded of Grave of the Fireflies, one of the first anime films I ever watched, when Mark recently posted about his love for Studio Ghibli. He remarked that the movie “creeped him out.” For me, it was just massively depressing, especially because of it’s haunting basis in truth. I think about rewatching it often, but I can never get up the muster to do so.
Fruit Drops by turtle-rn | used with permission
The suffering of children is something that really hits me. You of course don’t have to be a parent to feel this way, but I know being a father is what led me to feel more deeply about tragic stories involving kids. It’s hard not to think about the innocence of your own children and how unforgivable it is when someone would take that away and even do worse.
Of course, tragic and painful events involving children are not just relegated to the past – they occur every day. Many of us were perhaps reminded of such when a recent report told that ISIS was enslaving children, abusing them sexually, and turning them into child soldiers – and moreso, some were crucified and buried alive.
I literally felt depressed all day. What could I do to help? Why aren’t we as a human race doing more? And how could people commit such atrocities?
It’s easy to get down when reading stories like these. In my job, I work with the topics of genocide and the Holocaust, so I’m surrounded by such historical accounts; I purposely avoid reading too much, lest I get bogged down in a depressive state, paralyzing myself in making a difference.
For the Christian, there is a hope that the world, no matter what state it’s in, can withhold. There will be an eternity for believers where such suffering will no longer occur, where goodness and beauty reign and evil has been eradicated.
But that day is long off for most of us. Until then, perhaps we should reflect on Christ’s words when it comes to children – and remember that in the here and now, we can make a difference to keep children safe and in the state they should be – as innocents.
But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’
– Luke 18:16
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