Friday, December 14, 2012

My Prayer for Newtown

There really isn't much I can say about the event that happened today because I'm having trouble even processing it in my brain, let alone having any success creating any coherent language to express how it makes me feel.  The idea that someone would target children just baffles my mind to the point of exhaustion and makes my heart break in a way I cannot describe. 

My hands were shaking for at least an hour after I heard the news of the shooting and I had a hard time leaving my house to go to work because I just wanted to cuddle my kids and never let them leave again.

As the details emerge and as the country mourns and slowly heals, I can only pray that this horrific tragedy will draw people closer to Jesus so he can gather them into his arms and experience their pain with them.  For God knows the pain of losing a child and He has walked this road before.  I won't sit here and say I have any inkling whatsoever what those parents, siblings, grandparents, friends and neighbors are feeling tonight. 

We may never understand. 

But we can pray.

Heavenly Father, this tragedy is just incomprehensible.  We will never know why this man did what he did or why such a terrible thing could happen to children.  Please be with those who lost loved ones today, children and adults alike.  The excruciating pain they are feeling tonight can only be understood and eased by you.  May we draw near to you and seek your comfort.  May we remember that you are still on the throne.  The community of Newtown is going to need you desperately Father.  May you be their resting place, their sanctuary, and their healer.  Amen.

Hug your kids, loved ones.  Give 'em big fat kisses and tell them you love them to to moon and back.  Tonight especially, hold them extra special tight.  

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