Monday, December 17, 2012

Connecticut.

Friday there was a school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. 27 people were killed- 20 children and 7 adults. I wasn't going to blog about it, because everyone else did, and I am so tired of hearing about it, only because it's so awful and horrible that I just wish it never would have happened and it makes me sick to keep thinking about it. I cannot imagine ever losing a child. I know I'm not a mom yet, so I don't understand, but I can't even imagine it.

From a teacher's perspective, it hits home because I am one. I am honored to read the stories of the teachers who gave their lives protecting their students. I feel as I haven't processed it and am just letting it slide over, because if I really thought about it I might break. I can't even begin to think of how horrible it would be if a gunman came into my classroom and pointed at one of my kids. It makes me cry and feel sick all at the same time. I spend all day with my kids. I know I am not their mom, but sometimes I feel like I am. I know them- I know how to stop their tantrums, how to fix their boo-boos, how to make them laugh, what they like to do, and how to fix most of their problems without them even telling me. I love them, and I cherish and protect them like they are my babies.

The only thing I would like to say is that I am thankful we have a BIG God, who knew this was going to happen, who was with those kids in the school, and who is the ultimate comforter. Someone else posted that, "God was grieved on Friday, but not surprised." I think that's a good way of putting it. I think of the lines from a great song:

Your name is a strong and mighty tower
Your name is a shelter like no other
Your name, let the nations sing it louder
Because nothing has the power to save, but Your name.

I pray that Jesus is a shelter like no other to those families who experienced great loss this weekend.

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