Heaven Has More Angels

Posted 12-20-2012 at 12:08 PM by Krista
Of course,  by now everyone has heard about the shooting that took place in an elementary school in Connecticut on Friday. When I heard, I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. It is awful news no matter who you are, but as a mother–as a mother, the pain is so unique. The horror comes just a little closer to home. I have a four year old, a little girl who is almost in kindergarten. This story touched my heart, and at the same time I have empathy for each and every mother that sends their child to school now with the terror of the unknown pulling at her heart.
How do you come out of something like this? What is your recovery strategy? The world is such a terrifying, cruel place, created by the people who are in it. It’s hard to know who to trust. On the one hand, you don’t want to teach your kids to hide from life out of the sheer terror of what could happen. At the same time, what do you teach your five or six year old child? How do you prepare them for the possibility of death when their thoughts should center around hot cocoa and wishing for snow?
This shooting has been declared the second deadliest in the United States. It is stunning, and if it touches a mom who is nowhere near the shooting–as I am sure it grieved all of you–then I cannot imagine the pain the families are feeling. It is my prayer that we can all seek healing for our own hearts and especially for the families affected by this tremendous loss.
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3 Responses to “Heaven Has More Angels”

  1. omahonycm on December 21st, 2012 3:42 am

    The only thing I can do right now – as a mother of two little girls – is grieve in my very small way along with the families. I have shed tears, hugged my babies, and prayed. And I don’t think I’m ‘over’ it for myself. I’m not ‘over’ 9-11, or Columbine or Haiti or Katrina or the many tragedies that touch our lives. Most of the time that is all I can do for the people who must live with the consequences of tragedy. I cry, I pray, and I remember.

  2. Nerissa on December 22nd, 2012 5:52 pm

    I have a Kindergardner. He doesn’t know that it happened. I gave him some extra hugs and sent him off to school. There are no guarentees anywhere–school, the mall, driving down the road, ect. I try to treasure each and every day. I refuse to live my life in fear of the “what ifs” or “what could happen”

  3. IsabelsMama on December 26th, 2012 9:15 pm

    I was also very moved by what happened, as my little girl will be in kindergarten next year. She also doesn’t know what happened..we have been very careful to shield our conversations around her so she can just be a kid. She just lost her sister about a month ago so we have already had to explain to her about death and I figured that was enough for her little mind to deal with right now!

    For our approach in talking to our kids about the baby’s death, and for my response to the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, two of my blog posts address these topics: http://abigailegrace.blogspot.com/2012/11/isabel-and-josiah-meeting-abbie.html and http://abigailegrace.blogspot.com/2012/12/groaning-in-anguish-of-heart.html

    Blessings to each of you and your precious littles!

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