Thoughts To Honor Our 20 New Little Angels From Newtown, CT And Their Heroic Protectors
I did hug my children in gratitude last night. And I prayed for those families grieving. I heard a lady on the radio who drove an hour from home just to show up and grieve with those families, a complete stranger who was compelled to be there. I didn’t watch the news yesterday; the blitz of coverage from all our devices, tv’s, radios, phones, computers, word of mouth, newspapers etc. kept me informed enough to know that tragedy had taken place. Our core problem is not guns, it’s not religion, it is fatherlessness. If men will be fathers that love and guide, if men will be husbands who lead and serve their wives, if men will father children that are not their own as if they were, if men will take these responsibilities on as we should, we will see our world become a better place. If your’re a woman reading this and asking where I mention women, I say thank you for picking up the slack for all the ways men have let us down. Unyielding character is built into the DNA of women. You have stood firm and strong assuming both roles. We would be in worse shape if not for women picking up the slack. Humanity will fail when it won’t rely on our heavenly father to lead us and teach us. I don’t take to social media often for this type of commentary. But since the conversation started…Tell me what you think.
The above was written and posted by my 33 year old son, Daniel (a father of two), after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy on December 14, 2012. May we keep each of the Newtown families close to our hearts and prayers, consider ways to help them recover from such an unspeakable loss, and thank them from the deepest place in our hearts: the lives of their slain innocents offers every soul an indelible reminder of how blessed we are by our own precious children – and I don’t mean just the ones in our families – each fallen and surviving hero in Connecticut faced death for every child there.
“I thought we were all going to die,” 1st grade teacher Kaitlin Roig said through tears. “I told the kids I love them and I was so happy they were my students… I said, anyone who believed in the power of the prayer, we need to pray and those who don’t believe in prayer, think happy thoughts. They asked, ‘Can we go see if anyone is out there… I just want Christmas… I don’t want to die, I just want to have Christmas.” *** The Spirit of one who made Christmas possible spoke clearly through teacher Kaitlin Roig, through teacher Victoria Soto who died saving her first graders, and emitted through all who perished and shielded the remaining survivors. He said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” (John 15:13 NLT) and gave his own.
Twenty children and six adults were massacred two days ago in Newtown, CT and I find it almost terrifying to continue reading the many news accounts covering their ordeal. The photos of the children are most affecting. My husband and I mourn for them and are pulled to help in some way in their families’/towns’ healing. I’m looking into sending cards to the families. Every day I’ll be praying and thinking about our 20 new little angels and all their beautiful defenders.