Newtown, CT Shootings – Making sense of the senseless

I can’t. No one can.

I watch my little ones, so grateful for the breath moving within them.  Their small ways and pure smiles bind up my insides and I stifle my anguish, my disbelief.  I know I share these feelings with everyone who bears a soul.  Except for the families of the lost.  I can’t imagine their grief, the vast absence…that anything but time and iron-clad faith may slow-ease their pain.

I can’t imagine.

For the rest of us – as my husband told me Friday during my futile search for understanding – all we can do is be horrified, pray and help each other in any way we can.  He threw me a rope as I began to sink, immersed in (often innaccurate) news reports and reading social media rants.

So many people have so much to say.  I get it.  People need an anchor, a logical argument that shuts down the possibility of a repeat occurrence.  If we do X, then Y will never happen again.

More guns. No guns.

A hind-sighted demand for prescience. How did no one know? No one foresee? No one stop?

Arm the teachers.


He was ill, he needed our help, our grace. No, he was a monster.

There is no sense.  There is no answer.  But amid the world-wide emotional fallout, these four things resonated with me.  These words come from those much wiser than me.  I offer them to you, if you should need them.

–  Ann Voskamp offers words of comfort as only she can, in Where is God in the darkness of this weekend?

–  A reminder from Buzzfeed that there is still so much good in the world.

–  “What can you do to promote world peace?  Go home and love your family.”  –  Mother Teresa

–  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  –  Jesus Christ


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