Drop by drop, upon the heart: This news report in the Washington Post describes the terrible suffering which can be visited upon the innocent, both here and around the world.
Within the modern American context, the details of this terrible story activate an array of themes. Included is the earlier suffering, and damage, visited upon the aggressor.
We thought this local news report was well worth considering today. We'll include the famous passage from Aeschylus, which we've been considering lately:
Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget"Despite ourselves, wisdom grows." That's how we've always remembered it.
falls drop by drop upon the heart
until, in our own despair, against our will,
comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.