As the communications manager and blogger here at Dallas Courier, I tend to write about the happy, the funny, the entertaining. I focus blogs on relevant delivery topics, car news, sports, recipes - you name it, I've written about it. And these past few weeks, I've focused on all things Christmas. But, in the wake of what happened at Sandy Hook, it is a tragedy I can neither ignore nor move past. Therefore, I am compelled to write.
20 beautiful children. 6 selfless adults. 1 senseless act.
Has it brought you to tears yet? Have you looked at their faces? Have you let your thoughts wander to those broken-hearted parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and friends? Some choose to avoid the thoughts. I choose to think them. Why? Avoiding the thoughts to me is akin to dishonoring the lives of those who were lost. Denying the reality is not an option. Neither is forgetting.
Over the past few days I have thought long and hard about the victims - of the horror, of the terror. And I have thought long and hard about those parents looking at Christmas gifts that will never be opened by their intended recipients. I have thought of husbands who lost wives, friends who lost their favorites, siblings who lost their playmates. Even in Texas, their pain is palpable.
And yet, as each day passes and funerals are had and memorials prepared, Christmas inches closer. The 25th of December is coming. Time does not stop despite a nation's mourning. At first I thought Christmas could not be a more horrific time for a child to be taken from their parents. But today I can't help but wonder what Christmas in Heaven will be like with those precious children added to the choirs. No doubt they will be singing with angels, glory in the highest, peace on earth and goodwill toward men. And no doubt Jesus has said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
Our team at Dallas Courier prayed for you this morning, Newtown, Connecticut, and we will continue to pray as the depth of your hurt surely grows by the day.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.” Psalm 46:1-3