This weekend I spent a lot of time with my kiddos. The tragedy that happened in Newtown, CT on Friday has had me, like most other mothers, reeling. I have been mourning the victims I didn’t know. I have been praying for the families touched by this terrible act. See my oldest is a 6-year old and I can’t help but think how I would feel if Isaac were ripped away from me. We live in a fallen and sinful world and this side of heaven we all have heartache and pain. Some is more unspeakable than others. But heartache and pain has no boundaries- we all feel it or will feel it sometime in our lives. I am sure if I gave the floor to all of my readers we could all tell stories of deep loss and pain.
While each person has dealt with this situation differently I have chosen to pray, give and hold my babies a little tighter this weekend, because that is all I know how to do.
I have prayed for the marriages of the parents who lost a loved one. As I know from counseling others how grief has a way of tearing people apart. I have prayed for the community to bind together and to meet the tangible needs of the victim’s families. I have prayed for the Lanza family whose grief, guilt and overwhelming burden to know someone they loved was capable of such a heinous act must be almost unbearable. I have prayed individually for each of the families since the list of names have been released. Most importantly I have prayed that God, in a way that only He can, would comfort those who lost a loved one.
I also chose to give. If giving a little to help ease some sort of burden or provide services to this community helps I can do that too. Here is a link to the United Way page set up to help the families of Newtown, Ct. God bless our nation as we grieve this tragedy.