We live in Connecticut.
Knowing that no combination of words, however eloquently strung together, will ever adequately portray the shock and grief our world is experiencing, we humbly offer the thoughts that flow from our broken hearts on this day.
How it easy it would be to collapse under the stark evidence of unspeakable darkness in our world. How tempting it is to succumb to the belief that our world is irreparably broken. What words of comfort could heal these wounds? What prayer will suffice? What can we do for those families in Newtown who are drowning in darkness?
Our challenge, it would seem, is to bend… but refuse to break. To seek out the light no matter how faint it may seem at a time like this. To shine our own light – a light of love, faith, hope, and peace – until the glimmer becomes a spark, joining with the light of others until the darkness is expelled.
There is so much good in this world. We need to shout this from the rooftops. There are ordinary heroes performing extraordinary acts of love and courage every day. We must hold them up for all the world to see. Yes, it is true we feel helpless today, but there is much that we can do. Take a long, loving look at our dear ones. Hold them a little tighter. Love them a little more deeply. Search out those that need comfort and do what we can to help them. Pay close attention.
Be gentle with yourself. Allow yourself time to grieve, to weep, to clench your fists in rage. Know when you need to seek rest. To step away from the media coverage and quiet your mind. Do not feel guilty for counting your blessings or finding joy in the love you have carved out for yourself. It is precisely that love that can heal the world.
To the families of Newtown… you are wrapped in our embrace of love and prayer.