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This post could be about anger, but it’s not. It could be about politics and gun control, but it’s not. It could be about asking all the questions, such as “how could this happen” and “what would cause someone to do this”, but it’s not. There are plenty of places you can find that type of discussion, but I don’t want to discuss that. Now is not the time. Now is the time to pray.
As a parent, I cannot even fathom the pain and suffering that these families are going through right now. On my way home from work yesterday while listening to the story on the radio, I cried. I gave my son extra tight hugs. The devastation this one person caused is beyond comprehension. So many lives lost, many of them innocent, young children who had yet to even start their lives. The thought of how scared and confused they must have been as this happened, it twists my stomach into a knot. So many promising futures, so many hopes and dreams lost in one morning.
But again, the focus shouldn’t be anger. This is the time for prayer. Pray for those parents that lost their children. Pray for those families that lost their loved ones. Pray for the survivors, especially the children who aren’t really old enough to process what happened, and have a long road of recovery ahead of them. Pray for the community. Pray for the family of the shooter, who lost a wife/mother and a son/brother in the same day, while also dealing with the grief that their son/brother committed such a heinous act. Pray for our nation that situations like this never happen again.
Over the past few years I’ve dealt with some very difficult situations, losing both my older brother and Dad to cancer. I found comfort in my faith in Christ, and pulled strength from the following verses:
“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3
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As you celebrate the holiday season this year, remember to take time to focus on what is important, which is family. Reach out to those that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Mend those fences with those with whom you have been fighting. Let go of grudges. Forgive and move on. Life, as we’ve seen with this tragedy and others, is too short and too precious to let trivial issues separate us from the ones we love.
So give your kids an extra hug, reach out to your parents, and let all your friends and family know that they are loved.