Sandy Hook Elementary – 2012

I am stunned and saddened, like many people, by the horrific events that took place on Friday, December 14th, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown Connecticut. The loss of life is always difficult. When it’s the result of senseless violence, especially involving innocent children, there is no acceptable reason or explanation that can justify this evil action.

It is shameful, politicians pulling out all their favorite causes, video games, gun control, mental health, etc., only hours after this tragedy to push a political agenda. News organizations are giving us minute by minute accounts of the events hoping to be the first to break the story of why this individual committed this heinous crime. We see interview after interview of “experts” who are asked to speculate why this happened. We are obsessed, hanging on every scrap of information, molding it to suit our own needs to understand or explain what led to such a terrible event and how to prevent it from happening again.

I believe in prayer, we should be praying for those families and the adults and children who lost their lives in this tragic event. We grieve with those who lost their loved ones, and with broken hearts, morn for the lost innocence of those who escaped without physical harm. I pray they too can recover from the trauma of events that should never be witnessed. The quiet little town of Newtown will never be the same and we can only hope that the community can move past the suffering, the anguish, and the sorrow.

No matter what we do, there will always be evil in this world. However, I truly believe evil can be defeated with goodness. Take the time for family, hug your children, kiss your loved ones, smile at a stranger, perform a random act of kindness, and pray for peace and love.