December 14, 2013

Sandy Hook Remembrance

My heart aches for these families. 
I mean ACHES. 
Today marks the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting. 

With all trauma and evil in the world, I think it's only natural to find some way to relate to it. It's a part of each and everyones course of grief, regardless of what they've been through. 

For me, when it comes to shootings, I feel deeply attached. I remember the day vividly one year ago when I heard of the Sandy Hook shooting.
Much like the way I remember the blistering hot bullet in my face, nearly 8 years ago.
Being a mom now I have a deeper understanding of unconditional love. 
Grief is like the ocean tide, it flows in, and flows out. 
Sometimes it comes full force angrily crashing everything in it's path. Other times it's slow, calm, and controlled. 

Grief never disappears, it just changes directions quite often.

Again, my heart aches for those families who are trying to control their grief. It's a part of them, with every breath. Fortunately I'm living, breathing, running through life with flashes of grief. I didn't suffer LOSS. And I certainly didn't suffer loss of a child. I feel connected but in no way feel pain like these families do. 

Families, students, survivors, I'm hurting with you. I'm a stranger with zero connection to Sandy Hook. But, I'm here, across the country, extending my deepest condolences and tightest hug. I'm here to tell you that your hurt is the nations hurt. I can't fathom what your pain is like but I do know I serve a God who loves you and wants to be your calm. 

Guys, you know when you say, "I can't imagine what they are going through?". I feel like I mean that more than ever. Truly, I can't IMAGINE nor can I feel a glimpse of ache that they do. 

I don't really know what to say other than I'm thinking of those distant families, and praying God heals their broken hearts. I'm praying for them specifically TODAY as the hurt probably stings just a little more. I know God has a plan for these families but their journey is still just beginning. Their road to healing is far from over. 

I pray they find peace today.

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