Connecticut Condolences

December 17 · 0 comments

I don’t really know where to begin with this. There seems to be so much death happening. I know death happens everyday, but when it affects kids, it makes you sort of step back and look at things. It makes you appreciate the life around you & makes you want to hold your children that much tighter. Unfortunately, I hadn’t realized all of what was going on around me until I was on the way home from a Christmas event at church. I actually was thinking about the elementary school shooting that happened on Friday. I had talked to my father-in-law about it yesterday and I had decided to read the newspaper article about it, which I rarely do for anything other than the comics and puzzles (there never is awesome news and I don’t like getting depressed from reading about all the tragedies). I was so upset. Such little & innocent children murdered without a cause. The injustice. Their life shut out in a matter of minutes. The shooter dead and unable to be questioned or to offer some explanation for his murderous actions. I can’t even begin to understand how the parents of the lost children must be feeling. Believing that is was practically random and for it to be your child that isn’t coming home to you ever again. I look at my little ones who don’t know what kind of world they are living in, and I begin to feel remorse for the inconsiderate decisions I made that caused them to be created. I feel a stirring inside that makes me want to protect them that much more and put them in an unbreakable bubble for the rest of their lives.

I read too that many of the families that suffered loss were taking down their Christmas decorations. They couldn’t bear to enjoy this season without their loved one. I cry for the negative memories these families will have every year around this time. To think their child may have helped pick out or put up the tree or to decorate their own tree with their own ornaments only to never be able to open the presents their parents had so carefully picked out and wrapped. Then to the siblings of those that lost their lives, how this must be effecting them. Some I believe are young enough that they will never fully know the feeling of loss. However, there are others that were older and may feel helpless and full of regret and will live and carry the loss with them for the rest of their lives.

To the parents in Newtown, Connecticut: Please be strong. Love the little ones that survived and let them be the hope you live to protect. Don’t drown in the grief, but push forward for the life your little one would have hoped to live for. I know my words may be of little comfort, but from a momma/parent to another: Think of the good things your child got to experience & don’t count the things that will never be. Make memories with what you still have. Love your man, love your wife. They need you now more than ever too.

I know it seems small in comparison, but a week ago today, a friend of my sister was killed in a car accident. He was driving to school Monday morning, lost control of his car, and was found dead at the scene. He was a senior in high school. Another life gone. Friends have been putting up pictures they had of him and sharing memories to keep his alive. While I don’t know him, I’m familiar with a similar experience his family had of another of it’s members in 2007. My prayers go out to the grieving family. I’m sorry for your loss and I will keep your family in my prayers.

I didn’t mean to have such a down post, but I wanted to share my condolences to the parents of the lost children & share encouragement with the local parents and the others that weren’t directly affected by the shooting. Have faith. Hold strong. Forgive all and love all.

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