Each year, Elizabeth auctions off a sermon topic to raise funds for the church. This year’s winner, Pat Rathmann, has asked her to reflect on a difficult subject that deserves our attention and focus. The epidemic of Gun violence in our nation shows no signs of abating anytime soon, which means our new normal (and our children’s new normal) must account for the reality that each week, we hear news of another shooting. What are the underlying causes of this sad situation? How do we survive and thrive in this new reality? And where can we find hope?