Advent Hope

Written by Rose

I am beyond words to express the depth of my sorrow about the events of the past week in Newtown, CT, only 15 miles from where I work every day.

Families with whom I work are affected, directly or indirectly, as a result of having children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School or living in the Newtown community.

I turn off the news. We will never know “the why” and, in my opinion, it doesn’t help much even if we did know it.  Personally, I seek not to focus on nor understand darkness.  I work hard on what I personally do to provide goodness for my family. I try to focus myself and those to whom I extend my love on the goodness that is present in the world.  All around us, there truly is so much more of the good then the bad but in these moments following such random, senseless violence on so many innocent children is so hard for these families to feel.  So hard for me to feel.

As a mother, I wept for these families and I’m heartbroken for them.

I couldn’t wait to get home to my two beautiful girls on Friday evening.

I can’t help but wonder about our abilities to keep our children safe. These events are random and rare, but we all wonder if someday the randomness will come knocking on our door.

I tell our children how much I love them and, despite their “pre-teen protests”, never let a day go by without telling them so.

I know the children taken by Friday’s events as well as those children who were reunited with their families that day are loved–by their parents, their siblings, the teachers who watched over them and now by millions of strangers.

In this season of Advent–a season of hope, miracles and love–Hope, Miracles and Love surround these families and these children now.

In their sorrow, let Love hold them tightly.

Let Love continue to hold you and yours tightly.

I urge you to NOT stay in that dark moment by watching or listening to the news coverage of this event.  Move yourself toward the goodness and light of this season.  And love those you’re with.




3 comments for “Advent Hope

  1. December 17, 2012 at 9:26 am

    My favorite: “In this season of Advent–a season of hope, miracles and love–Hope, Miracles and Love surround these families and these children now.”

  2. Mary
    December 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Well said, and I totally agree. Unfortunately, the media has grabbed hold of this and will hit it from every angle and squeeze every possible story out of it. Peace be with us all.

  3. roseriley
    December 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Unfortunately yes. And I’m so disappointed that no one has taken responsibility for such inaccurate reporting; in the media’s haste to “get the early scoop” (and still hearly a week later), they filled the airwaves with such misinformation. If it’s going to be broadcast, surely the bare minimum these families deserved was enough care taken to report facts and not sensational errors. I visited Newtown today and I can tell you this town wants and needs the media to leave. Enough said.

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