I cannot imagine what Christmas morning, or the last night of Hanukkah will be/was for these families. This absolutely breaks my heart in two. ...
And, I cannot help but wonder if any of them would have one day met up with my daughter as friends, or even as her intended mate, but has now been snatched forever from this world.
To my knowledge, I do not know anyone in Connecticut with children in Sandy Hook Elementary, but my heart grieves with these strangers.
My heart grieves for the kids who saw their friends die in a gruesome manner.
My heart grieves for Ryan Lanza who was initially blasted all over the internet as the killer when it was really his brother.
My heart grieves for the families and friends of the adults and the teachers who acted heroically.
I have questions, like how did this gunman get into the school? And, of course, I want to know why.
And, I realize everyone is going to grieve in their own way and no one means any harm for their knee-jerk first reactions.
I see posts responding to the tragedy blaming guns (neither bans on guns or laws for right to carry will fix this. The same day, 22 children in China were stabbed by not a gun wielding bandit, but a knife-wielding one),
blaming public schools (this isn't isolated to public schools. It happened in an Amish community, a theatre and places of employment in the past),
blaming taking prayer and God out of schools (there were teachers praying with their huddled terrified students, which may have saved their lives)
or even blaming God (God does not make evil happen, but allows it for reasons we cannot yet fully understand)
The truth is that this was an evil act committed in a less-than-perfect world filled with the need for the light of love found only in a risen savior. That's what I believe. This act of horrific violence grieves me, scares me, shakes my sense of security and feeling of safety and makes me want to wrap a blanket of peace around the survivors. And, we cannot let this man's murderous acts to win.