This week thousands of archived records chronicling John F. Kennedy’s assassination were released. More are promised. To the conspiracy theorists out there, this is a long-awaited smorgasbord of treasures. It will take weeks for historians to pore through the mountains of paper.
I was 12 and in grade school in Dallas when President Kennedy was shot. Our classes had recess cut short in order to report to our home rooms. The principal came on the loudspeaker and announced that President Kennedy had died. Everyone cried. We had a moment of silent prayer and then released from school for the day.
My mother was working downtown and was at lunch when the President’s motorcade made it’s way toward Dealey Plaza. After lunch she was met with women crying, most looking shocked, and everyone shaking their heads. That’s when she found out the fate of President Kennedy.
We, like every American family, were glued to the TV set from that point on. What happened, how it happened and why it happened were the subject of everyone’s conversation. When Jack Ruby shot Oswald, conspiracies started spinning faster and faster, but only as fast as telephones, TV’s and printed newspapers could sputter or print something (this was decades away from the World Wide Web). The nation was mourning and asking questions at the same time.
I don’t know if the answers sought for over 50 years will be found in the archived records, but I hope it will lay some to rest. However, one question that will probably never be answered is “why.” Even at the age of 12, I had that question because I liked that young president and his family – it was a fairy tale of Camelot.
Death is a certainty for all, but we believers have the hope of knowing that death can come at any time and is not the end, it’s just a transition.
Romans 8:11 “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you”