When I sat down on Friday to work on a blog post, I also turned on the TV and heard the unimaginable news about Sandy Hook Elementary School. Everything I was working on seemed so trivial in light of what the families and the entire community of Newtown, Connecticut are going through. My heart breaks for them. I truly can’t imagine the loss and the long road of healing that lies ahead for so many families.

I don’t know how to come to terms with what happened. There’s nothing I can say that will make anyone feel better, but it feels wrong to say nothing. Like the rest of the nation, my prayers and thoughts are with the families in Newtown. My heart is heavy for their loss–yet the word “loss” is so inadequate. I pray for peace and strength for the community. And I pray that they will have time to grieve and lay their babies to rest before this turns completely political.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

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