Prayerful thoughts

color drained from package

The tragic and totally unnecessary events at Sandy Hook School have broken my heart.  

This package, a gift from someone I work for, sat on my desk today, in it’s cheery bright green paper and red and silver bow.  But all I can think of this afternoon is about the families and friends and the entire community affected by these killings…including our nation and our world.

And it just seems like all the festive colors of the season have faded away.  

Meanwhile, the television is not going to run continually at our house tonight, though my heart will be sending prayerful thoughts of love and peace and comfort to the people who are suffering.  I’d like to suggest that you do likewise, in whatever way you see fit. 

Please do all you can to be at peace with those around you.  Violence in any form is never the answer.

9 Replies to “Prayerful thoughts”

  1. I feel the same, Deb. Having the radio on with cheerful Christmas music just didn't feel right on my drive home today. So sad for all the families, staff, and for our broken world today.

  2. Yes, there is such a disconnect between the cheerful holiday lights and celebration preparations and a day that includes such violence, especially against the young.

  3. I had a Christmas Radio station playing in my classroom when the news came across of the shooting. I spent the next 10 minutes discussing it with my students as I looked it up on the internet. I turned their focus away from the tragedy as I felt dwelling on it was not what any of them needed. My next class came in, hearing the news in the hallway. We spent the first 15 minutes talking about it, but then I pulled out my camera & props & we played – trying to keep some levity in the room. As I walked past the history teacher's room next to mine during that last class period, he, of course, had the t.v. on & the looks on several student's faces were so sorrowful & troublesome – a few were even fighting tears. That's when I went back to my classroom & pulled out the camera. I didn't want my kids to start questioning their own safety in school……I want them to know that no one could have controlled this situation & fully stopped it before it happened. Just as you feel Deb, I too am so broken hearted over this tragedy & am NOT watching the t.v.tonite either.

    1. Patti,

      You make a good point about safety. Just because this has occurred in one place today does not mean that it will happen in every other school. I commend you for doing what you could to keep the levity in the room, and yet you were realistic and talked about the tragedy as well.

      No one could have controlled this situation and fully stopped it…though I'm afraid in our culture today we think we CAN control it all, have it all, and be perfectly happy all the time. Now that I think of it, we have never been able to do that.

      Thank you for your comment and for sharing your insight.

  4. Perfect image-perfect to convey that life will go one, but drained of color for awhile, as our country mourns as a whole. I stopped watching news about 6 years ago. It is helpful-and when I do hear it-the intensity, the story selling, the push, the crisis talk screams. This is a horrible story, but it need not be played over and over and over and over. Sadly, we all "get it" even though it makes no sense at all. Hugs.

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