I was instantly transported back to April 20, 1999 the day of the Columbine school shooting. I remember sitting in class glued to the television as we watched the horrible events unfold at a school just a few towns away from us. I will never forget the fear, the uncertainty, and the grief that I felt that day. Friday I felt all of those emotions…times 10.
This time, it just felt too close to home. I was now the mom and that could have been my child. That day, I ran to Mason and hugged him as tight as I could. My heart aches for the families of those who died at the school. I want to hug them, cry with them, and help them.
For today, I’ll hug my children closer and love them more fully. I will not tell them about this horrible tragedy. Honestly, it’s something that their little minds should never need to worry about.
Instead, I will fill their minds with thoughts of hope and peace. I will show them the good things that are all around us in the world, both in humanity and in nature.
I will teach them to have faith and that they have a Father in Heaven who always loves them. I will teach them that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that through him we can embody the good and overcome the bad around us.
I will teach them to love and serve those around them.
The tragedy at Sandy Hooks is horrible, especially at this time of year. I hope that all of us can rise above this darkness and find the light. The light that can be found through Christ who we honor this season. Find it and share it with others so that we can all work together to make this world a better place.
Yes, these are my thoughts and prayers for this holiday season.