I got an email from my Aunt Patsy and Aunt Dolly last night. They are actually my dad's aunts and they live in Arizona. One was a nurse and the other a nun, so they have always had a great perspective on things. Part of their email said this-
"It is so easy for all of us to fall into a "get even" response that would only bring us to the level that we despise in those others who perpetrate these horrible deeds. To rise above our anger and grief we need to pray even for our enemies! They, too, are doing what they believe is right, even though we know that to repay injustice with injustice is the greatest injustice of all! You will have to trust that what you are doing will help to eventually bring an end to all hate and all evil. Keep your hearts at peace knowing that you are doing your best to bring an end to this terrible war."
It is so true. I can't allow whoever did this to my friend to compromise who I am, or the nature of the mission we are doing. As much as I wanted revenge on Sunday, I know that revenge won't bring Howie back. We will bring justice to whoever did this, that I know, but we will do it at our level.
Thank you all for your support in trying times.