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Commentary: As crises seem to pile up, I know to keep praying

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Jodi Rall, Columnist

Jodi Rall is a Brentwood resident and writer. 

A line from “Love You Forever,” a children’s book by Robert Munsch, reads, “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.”

 Never has that statement been truer than when I took a call from our first born on Sunday night. 

Her voice was shaking when she said, “Mom, I wanted to call you before you heard about it on the news.” 

Calling for my husband and turning the phone on speaker, my motherly instinct kicked in. Something was terribly wrong. 

On Sunday evening, Kate was shopping at the West Nashville Target store when she heard gunshots. Thankfully, she was in the front of the store, and her receipt from the self-checkout line was printing. 

Through chaos, Kate ran to the safety of her car. I can only imagine how other shoppers inside the store desperately wanted to get out safely. 

We have since learned that a lone gunman targeted his victim. My mind cannot understand why someone would kill. 

Our hearts hurt for the families that were shopping and were in the rear of the store. My heart hurts for the victim’s family, and, truthfully, my heart breaks for the suspect’s family, as he was only a year older than my daughter. 

Why do many people carry concealed weapons? I grew up in the country, took gun safety at 11 years old and respected the guns that my father used for hunting. They were kept in a locked cabinet. Always. 

I wanted to make that clear before someone reading thinks I am an anti-gun person. 

An altercation with a stranger takes a life and traumatizes innocent people. Why did this man feel the need to carry the gun into a Target store on a Sunday night? 

Our society has a deep divide on gun control, and I do not even attempt to have the answers. All I know is that I am a mother, and “my baby, she will always be” was impacted.  

We are living in uncertain times. The tornadoes, pandemic, bombing and a crazed election are leading to a mental health crisis as stress, financial hardship and losses continue to pile up. 

For me and my house, we will be praying.

Jodi Rall is a Brentwood writer. She can be reached at

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