Those of us on the outside cannot even begin to fathom the grief that has struck a small town in Connecticut.
Young parents who have presents waiting under the tree for their precious babies-gifts that they will never see them open.
Mothers who have lost not only their child, but who have also seen their best friend just lose her child.
Fathers who can come up with solutions for any family problem, except this one.
Brothers and sisters who just lost their favorite little buddy.
When this world turns up another horrific tragedy, I am so thankful that I am not the biggest thing in my universe, because my heart cannot handle these things on my own. So often I think of "When my heart is overwhelmed". Psalms 61:1-4 says (Amplified):
1 Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth will I cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and fainting; lead me to the rock that is higher than I [yes, a rock that is too high for me].
3 For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me, a strong tower against the adversary.
4 I will dwell in Your tabernacle forever; let me find refuge and trust in the shelter of Your wings.Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
I don't have all the answers. I have no great words of wisdom to make everything a little better. But I can go to the Lord when my heart is hurting, and the heaviness of this world weighs down on me.
This song is one my heart feels.
When you hug your babies, your teenagers, your nieces, nephew, grand-babies and your best friend's children, say a prayer for the families that have lost some of the greatest gifts they've ever had in this life-their babies. For the little community in Connecticut, and for all families who have had to face the horrible tragedy of losing a child.
And be thankful. Extra thankful. Grateful that you got to hug your family today. That your holidays have not been shattered. That tomorrow is another day to show your loved ones how much they mean to you.