Are you becoming hard-hearted? Confession here – I am.
I don’t like it. And I’m going to change it.
Here’s what happened.
As I was doing my exercise walk in the park the other day, I saw the American flag at half-staff . . . again. I thought, “Wonder what that’s for this time?” There have been so many tragedies, so many shootings, and terrorist attacks, we’ve become calloused to the significance of our flag lowered in honor of those who have died.
Part of our hard-heartedness comes from the sheer number of events. In 2015, the flag flew at half-staff 328 days, either nationally or in one or more states.
But I’m more concerned about my reaction when I see it. As a kid, seeing the flag at half-staff in front of the school was a big deal . . . it moved me. Everyone knew exactly why it had been lowered. I was twelve when JFK was assassinated. I’ll always remember seeing the flag flying low in the November sky. Now, it’s become a normal thing to see. It doesn’t even move my emotional needle.
From now on, I’m going to find out who the flag has been lowered for and pray for the family or families involved. This website posts the details of these tributes, and there’s even a widget you can download to notify you when the flag is being lowered.
God uses prayer to soften hearts, so maybe praying for these grieving families will keep ours from getting harder.
Scripture: My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. (Psalm 51:17)