Today has been marked as a sad sad day with the horrible shooting at the elementary school in New Town, Connecticut. I have such a tender spot in my heart for little ones- especially 5 and 6 year olds- and I am struggling to come to terms with what happened. You know that feeling when you can literally feel your heart hurting? I feel that every time it comes up and I do not like it.
I have become keenly aware and empathetic lately to the hard things that happen in life to people. This is no different. So my prayers will be directed towards everyone affected. Because I'm well aware of the hurt that comes.
When the Virginia Tech shooting happened in 2007, I was a little traumatized. It hit a little to close to me and I had a hard time with it. One of my favorite teachers in elementary school had a daughter that was killed that day. I attended a memorial service and a viewing for her beautiful daughter and I will never forget that when I approached Mme Samaha, a grieving mother after a terrible tragedy, I was in tears and she grabbed my chin and told me to be strong. If that doesn't give you an added measure of faith I don't know what does.
So even though we are hurting and it isn't okay, people are strong. We can do hard things and faith will help us be a little stronger.
But I have been a little peeved at using this as a political platform. Wait a day. Please.
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world."
-- Mister Rogers