Tragedy in Oregon today. Lisa Zielinski, an integral member of AM radio KYKN in Salem, was murdered in what appears to be domestic violence.
Lisa was one of my many facebook friends - one of many Oregon conservatives who shared her thoughts on the news and events with like minded Oregonians. I have never met half of my facebook friends in person. Now there is one I can never meet. And that is a loss for me, for the community, and for Oregon. I didn't "know" Lisa - but I read what she wrote. I made a connection with a wonderful person. Now that connection - that person - is gone, and I am sad I never got to actually KNOW her.
I am trying hard not to be political as I write this. But with Arizona still on our minds, I can't help it. Earlier today, before I heard this news, President Obama was on television giving a speech about the Arizona shootings. I didn't watch it. I didn't think the President needed to be there giving a speech in front of grieving family.
I don't have the figures in front of me, but I am guessing something like 20,000 people are murdered each year in this country. As a general rule, the President doesn't respond directly to most of them. In any given year, the President doesn't directly respond to ANY murders. The President only did this because it seemed politically appropriate.
Then I got online, and learned what happened to Lisa.
The President will not speak out about Lisa. But then, he doesn't need to. Lisa will be loved by her surviving children, her friends and her community - always. And Lisa is loved now by her Eternal Lord in Heaven. Love and faith will heal and restore in ways no political speech ever can.