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Saturday, December 15, 2012


We are all in shock and grieving for those touched by the horrendous tragedy in that small town in Connecticut.
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We grieve from a distance, as we search for answers.  We cry out, “why” and “how”, knowing that there are no logical answers.
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We cry, we pray, and we know that our grief is small in comparison to the grief of those who have lost someone they knew and loved, or of the children and those who educate them, who survived this horror and will be dealing with the after-effects for the rest of their lives.
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We grieve as we think about these families, just like my family and your family.  They dropped their children and grandchildren at school Friday morning, just as many of us had done, saying “have a good day; see you this afternoon”.
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We wonder if they held their children or grandchildren in their arms and read a bedtime story to them on Thursday night.
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We know that the sick feeling in the pits of our stomachs cannot compare to the broken hearts of families who have lost a child who had just begun their life. 
We remember to hold our children and loved ones a little longer and a little tighter, and we pray for them, for ourselves, and for this world.  Though we can’t make sense of this tragedy, we can remember that there are still good things happening in this world – good deeds that we don’t hear about as often as we hear about the bad deeds.  As I pray for those so horribly touched by tragedy, I also thank God for the good people and their good deeds that still exist among us – those people and events, which are so easily ignored or forgotten in the midst of the horror – those whose lights shine in the darkness.  I pray that I can be one of the small lights, shining in the darkness. I pray that I remember that a small light can light up a room, and many small lights can light up the world.
I am linking to The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.  God bless us everyone.  laurie


Glenda/MidSouth said...

Such a senseless/horrific act. I had lists of things to get done Friday, and when I heard what had happened, what I had intended to do was no longer so important. I had to mute the TV today. I just cannot imagine what those families are going thru.:(

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

So sad. Yes may God Bless us All.

The French Hutch said...

My heart aches for those precious children caught up in the unimaginable horrendous tragedy in the Connecticut town. I can not even think what those parents and family members must be going through. May God be with each and every one. I continue to pray.

The French Hutch

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The Tablescaper said...

So senseless and horrific.Hard to put it into words. So much emotion and little to do with that emotion. I know I hugged my children just that much harder as they each walked in the door that day.

- The Tablescaper

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

So sad. We need to pray.

Sarah said...

Thoughtful post, Laurie. Difficult to wrap my head around this tragedy.

Sonia said...

What a lovely post...about such tragedy. Your little lighted village reminds me that they say the town where this happened is a picturesque will never be the same and our hearts our broken. I can barely stand to watch the news. Praying for their families and can't imagine the pain!
Miss Bloomers

BECKY said...

I know it's impossible to try to understand the unfathomable.... Such a horrible sadness for us all.

Palomasea said...

Bless you, dear friend...
Sending a warm hug,
- Irina

Unknown said...

Le tue casette sono bellissime e incantate... una fiaba!

Diane said...

So well written. I used to teach pre-school, so this tragedy is truly near and dear to my heart. Your Christmas treasures are lovely and should help everyone remember the true meaning of the season.

Kathleen said...

They will never be the same. My sister's son was killed 20 yrs ago, and she never recovered. My heart is so heavy for those who lost loved ones. Every child will wonder if it will happen to them.
I remember when the Kdgn class was murdered in Scotland. My class asked me every day for weeks if it was going to happen to them. I told them something like that couldn't happen in our country, but I was wrong.
God help them.

Debbie said...

Your decorations are beautiful as usual, but it was your WORDS this morning that I loved the most. You are so right. Many small lights can light up a world. I want my light to shine. The darkness is so dark right now.

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