This story has really touched me deeply! I can not imagine going to pick up my child from school and not being able to take them home. Or not being able to hug or kiss my sister or mom or aunty again. the thought of that terrifies me. And yet it is a reality for many people this morning those especially in Connecticut. I have been in tears today as I read and listen to the stories of survivors and the stories of those beautiful little ones taken too soon! Sandy Hook Elementary school the last place you’d think something like this could or would happen. Its easy to feel helpless and mad but I choose to pray and hold to my faith. Max lucado wrote a beautiful prayer:
It’s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.
These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated.
The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?
Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod’s jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence.
Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.
Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won’t you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger.
This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.
We can do more than just pray this season. we can honor the memory of these kids and be kind to one another. go out of your way to do something for someone else – a family member or even a stranger. lets do it!
photo: found on fabulous K blog