This is a post Jana wrote after our monthly meeting. I closed down the March folder, but thought her post should be shared.
Jana Mueller commented on March Theology On Tap
Question #3 for March 27th facts of the Holy Spirit
In thinking more about the Holy Spirit after TOT tonight, Emma Gonzalez came to my mind. She is one of the survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, and is now an activist in the March for Our Lives Movement. After the Florida shooting, I have started to be terrified every single day going to school. I have no idea if this will be my last day, one of my friends’ last day, or anyone else’s for that matter. We are the targets for gun violence. It doesn’t matter if we go to a public or private school, kindergarten–college. We are the targets, and that is terrifying.
This issue has been on my mind since that shooting, and I have been thinking a lot about Emma and the role she is taking. She has witnessed an extremely traumatizing event and should be recovering, but instead, she is advocating for change alongside her classmates and other students around the country. Emma is bring hope to our generation that change can come from us.
When I am lying in bed thinking about this stuff, it is extremely hard to not go into a downward spiral of hopelessness. But then I think of the incredible things that these young people are doing, and it gives me courage to continue on and study policy in my social work classes. It gives me hope for a brighter future. And it gives me motivation I need to not give up until there is a solution.
I see the Holy Spirit in Emma Gonzalez, other young activists, and my peers. Sometimes we think that we need to wait until the Holy Spirit comes to us to do something, but I would argue that we are a part of the Holy Spirit. Change comes from us, and that is a powerful thing to witness.