I have tried a few times this weekend to write something about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary but the tears fill my eyes so quickly. They blur the computer screen and I haven’t been able to finish. I don’t know that right now will be any different. But I feel like I need to write something. Even though I don’t really know what to say. I am feeling the same emotions we all are – immense sadness, anger, frustration, despair. Those precious babies. The little ones who lost their lives on Friday were the same ages as my girls. It’s such a magical age. Those sweet innocent children went to school on Friday excited to see their teachers and friends. Excited to learn. Excited for recess. Excited for Santa to come. I can’t stop thinking about those amazing teachers and the principal. How terrified they must have been. They were all heros. I can’t stop thinking about the parents hearing the news and not knowing if their child was safe or not. Not knowing if their friends’ and neighbors’ children were safe or not. I can’t imagine a worse feeling. This heartache affects so many people. Parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, friends, the whole community. The whole nation. We are all grieving. So many lives will never be the same. I want to scream. I want to rewind time and do something to stop this from happening. I want to hold my kids so close and never let them leave our house. But all I can do is cry and pray. My prayers go out to everyone at that school. To the community of Newton Connecticut. Such a beautiful small town that reminds me for all the world of the beautiful small town I grew up in. This just all hits too close to home.
Children, staff, and families from the Sandy Hook Elementary School – there is nothing anyone can say or do to take away your pain. But I pray that you will feel the overwhelming amount of love and sorrow and empathy that we are all feeling. I pray that you will know how loved you are. How loved your precious angels are. I pray that you will feel Gods love and know your angels are safe with Him now. I pray that you will feel His arms around you. That you will feel peace and strength and the support of a nation during this most difficult time.