Friday of the 2nd Week of Advent

Advent is supposed to be a time of hope- a time of preparation for the coming of the Christ Child.  No way is it supposed to be a time of tragedy and grief as it is today.  By this time many people much smarter than me have commented on what happened today in Connecticut.  Kids aren’t supposed to die, especially ones so young, and most especially just ten days before Christmas.

I’m a father of four and a grandfather of four with one on the way.  I can’t imagine what it must be like for the parents of those children who lost their lives so needlessly today.  I also can’t imagine what went through the minds of the kids, both those who died and those who survived.  I have a grandson who is four and a granddaughter who is six.  I ask myself how they could go through something like this.  I can’t answer that question.

Two things I can be sure of.  One is that the news media will milk this for all it’s worth.  The other is that there will be an increased demand for gun regulation.  Now would be a good time for the media to exercise some restraint, but as I write this NBC News is giving us wall-to-wall coverage including calls for more gun control.  My suggestion would be to turn off the television and pray.  Pray for those who died.  Pray for their families.  Pray for everyone involved in this tragedy.

I would also suggest that if you have children or grandchildren give them a big hug and tell them you love them.  We’re still preparing for the coming of the infant Jesus and that must go on.  Pause for a moment to reflect and pay respect but then we have to move on.  You and I can never understand what happened today.  But we have to accept it.  It happened.  It’s done.

Pray that those responsible for protecting us and especially our children find ways to put an end to this seemingly endless violence.  We have to protect our kids and one another.  Pray that these young lives won’t have been lost in vane.  Pray for our country.  We need it.

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