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Is there fairness for Chardon High School

“He makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45) How often have we heard from our children say: "That's not fair!" when we discipline them, give them what they need, or decide that something is not good for them.


As a mom it is difficult to be fair all the time.  Our children want us to be fair; but what is fairness?  We have twin daughters so the idea of always wanting fairness is very present in our lives: If one daughter gets something than the other daughter wants it as well, no matter what.  Fairness is an imbalance of needs. Fairness does not equal balance, equality, adequation because it does not take into account of what a person truly needs. 


Fairness is not what God bestows upon us, if He did than we would have a cause to see God as fickle and unfair!  But God cares for all good and bad, because each person is a unique person made in God's image. What seems so unfair in this scripture passage is that there is such unfairness in the world and we want God to pay out the balance!  I think about the Ohio shooting, the three moms of the shooting victims how fair is it that they have lost sons!  Of course it is not fair, but do we want fairness or justice? Justice is what God gives us, he gives to each of us as we need and only when we get what we truly need do we for justice/balance.  The mother of Demetrius Hewlin forgives T.J. Lane, the shooter, how could she do that?  Where is her fairness for the badness she has encounter in her life?  For her to forgive is to start the healing process, she clings to God for her strength and finds comfort in her faith.







The students of Chardon High School have begun to move on to be a community again, to join into the life of teens, all while grieving.  They can do this because God's justice is seen in how the school has reacted to the tragedy with counseling; to parents who stood by their children to comfort their sadness; the way the coach stayed with the victims giving them comfort and compassion.  The rallying of that community and school is God's justice: Giving each person what they need to help them through the experience.

Danny Parmertor, who was the first to die, his family has found God's justice in the outpouring of strangers who have sent messages of hope, and love.  It is this anonymous love that  Dina Parmertor focuses on: “I want to quickly say thank you to the community to the nation…we can’t believe how everyone is helping us…and to the other victims and families our hearts go out to them.”  Without such support how could the parents of victims stand, that is God's justice!

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