Musings on the Sandy Hook Shooting Tragedy

I can't get myself to write about what I am originally planning to post this weekend.  I am still shocked after learning of the tragedy which happened in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

As a mom of a 4-year old, I can't imagine sending my child to school only to find out later on that he's not coming back home - ever!  Just the thought of it brings tears to my eyes.

It is so heartbreaking to think of children around 5 to 10 years of age, their lives suddenly cut short.  Every mom - in fact, every parent for that matter - are probably sympathizing right now with those who lost a child from this incident.  During these times, the silence of our hearts speak louder than words.  For no amount of words are often enough to comfort a grieving parent. Losing a child is the most difficult thing any parent will have to go through.  

Events such as these make me want to hug my child ever tighter, not wanting to let go.  But life also teaches me that there will come a point in my child's life when I will have to let go.  Ofcourse, letting go is far different from another person taking his life away.  But no matter what,  as a mom, I will strive to make each moment count with my loved ones.       

Tragedies remind me of how precious each moment in life really is.  But life is indeed not ours to own... it is a gift entrusted for us to take care of. 

After all that's been said and done, one thing remains the same - young, innocent, promising  lives were lost.  We can put the blame on everyone else.  But the most important thing is to realize that we need to do the best we can to make a difference in this world for it to be a better place for our children to live in. 

It has to start with me - with us.  It has to begin with a never-ending process of transforming our hearts and filling our homes with love.  I dream of a great future for my child and in my own way, I know I can make this a reality when I allow love to overflow in his life. 
A few days from now, it'll be Christmas.   It is a time to celebrate the GIFT OF LOVE and the MIRACLE OF LIFE through the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.  In moments of tragedy and loss, it may be difficult to understand why it had to happen.  I sincerely hope that the blessing of new life as symbolized by the baby born in a manger will bring comfort, courage and strength to those left behind. 
For the parents of the young, innocent victims of the shooting tragedy, it may be painful to go through with the festivities of the season.  But I do pray that in the midst of sorrow and grief, may the reminder of Christ's birth bring new hope, light of peace and love to forgive.

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