One of the many favorite aspects about photographing bridal portraits and weddings is that these events are flooded with love. Love between bride & groom. Love amongst wedding parties. Love within families. Love all around…which makes this morning’s tragic news from Aurora, CO all the more jarring. A senseless reminder that we live in a broken and fallen world, elevating the importance of love for one another.
Though the shooting took place 1,100+ miles from my front door, the impact hits home here. I have a large number of friends in the greater Denver area. Some I’ve known for over 20 years; some I’ve known for 20 weeks. They could have been there. Odds are, some of them were there; I’m still trying to check on everyone.
Many of my Nashville friends attended the midnight showing of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises through Nashville’s multiplexes. This could have happened here, and in your neighborhood, just as senselessly as it happened in Aurora.
The sadness and frustration bring to mind the simple and profound lyrics from “Get Together” by The Youngbloods from decades ago.
Love is but a song to sing
Fear’s the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry
Though the bird is on the wing
And you may not know why
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
It’s been encouraging to see phoenix-like responses to this tragedy on Facebook, strength and virtue rising from the ashes of tragedy:
“Many news organizations are going to politicize this event. Let us try to keep our focus on what we can do to support those whose lives have been forever changed by this tragic event. The people that are trying to make the world worse never take a day off , why should I? Light up the darkness.” (David)
“To celebrate the lives of citizens we lost today and to honor the wounded, their friends and family, and our fire and law enforcement personnel, doctors, nurses, please consider doing a kindness for a total stranger today. Make a donation. Hold the door open. Pay for their coffee. Pick up their tipped-over garbage cans. Show them that even though you don’t know them, you still know that they are there, and that they are precious people.” (actual source unknown, presumably a public official in Aurora area)
This affects all of us.
Now is our opportunity to turn the tide collectively. “Come on, people now. Smile on your brother. Everybody get together. Try to love one another right now.” Especially right now.