I know that this may not make a lot of sense, and this post is so scattered. But I just need to vent this….
This is the season that for many of us, is a joyous fun time. We get together with family, we take small trips, we remember all that we have to be thankful for, we remember all of our blessings. But as I sit here writing this, the father of a Kindergartner, and the Husband of a teacher, my heart is breaking for the families that have lost their children today.
This year in multiple senseless acts, too many people have lost fathers, mothers, children, friends. I cannot even begin to imagine, the grief that these families are feeling as we come into the holidays. Over the next few days, many people are going to try and link these acts to how the person was raised, or gun control, or the music they listened to, or a myriad, of other psychological things. No matter what it gets linked to, the only thing that remains that there are now empty holes in too many homes.
Tonight across America, I know that there are parents holding their kids tighter, hugging them longer, grieving for those other families. Also across America, many people are heading to churches to pray for those families, and to seek God in these times. It is my hope and prayer, that for many of us we take this sobering experience, and realign our priorities. Don’t let this be the one time this week, that you snuggled up with your kids and read a story, or had a “sleep-over.” Don’t let this be the one time that you put away the cell phone, stepped away from email. We need to examine what matters in our lives.
Life is way to short, spend what time you have with the ones you love. And as we go into the Christmas holiday, remember what Christmas is really about. It’s about God’s gift to us, His love for us, His Son. Spread Love, spread Joy, spread Hope. Remember, that no matter what we may feel or what the world may tell us, God is with us, even when it seems he isn’t, he is there.
God, I don’t understand why these things happen. I just know, that these families need you right now. Please send you Holy Spirit around them. Be their comfort, Be their hope, bring them piece. Help them as they go through these trying times, You are the Rock, and the Shelter. You are our stronghold, Father, I praise your name through everything. Amen.