Saturday, December 15, 2012
Truth More Horrifying Than Fiction
I had a different post planned for today, but after the awful school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, I felt the need to change it up.
A shooting at a movie theater, a mall, or a school leaves our nation shocked and sad. And when children are involved? It's even worse. As a parent, I pray with my children every day before school, hoping they'll be okay. My mom did that with me as a child, and it gave me a sense of peace. Try as we might, we can't predict everything that will happen.
We read and write books about tragic events, but when reality out-horrors fiction, it's shocking. Parents, communities, and a nation will grieve. There's no sense to it all, but I'm hoping theses quotes about grief will help anyone who's suffering:
"Grieving is a necessary passage and a difficult transition to finally letting go of sorrow--it is not a permanent rest stop." --Dodinsky
"There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go." -- Author Unknown
"In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing." --Robert Ingersoll
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." --From a headstone in Ireland
"Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break." --William Shakespeare
My heart breaks for anyone going through such an awful tragedy. Do you know someone who was affected by the recent mall shooting in Oregon or the school shooting in Connecticut? Have you ever grieved for someone you loved dearly? If you feel comfortable enough, please share your story.