How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all the day? (Ps.13:3)
There's no escaping the images, commentary, and discussion of today's tragedy in Newtown, CT. It is unimmaginable as a parent the horror that the victim's families must be experiencing. As I sit with my two youngest watching Curious George and the older three making some attempt to play nicely downstairs, I thank God that thery are here with me at this moment and how blessed we are to be entrusted with their care and all the moments we share, no matter how challenging it can be at times.
In this Advent season, we think of Mary as an expectant mother, carrying this miraculous child, feeling him kick, and pondering what the future would hold. Could she have know what Simeon's prophecy would entail and that she would one day hold her son's lifeless and nearly unrecognizable body after His crucifixion? No one should have to endure the death of a child, even if that "child" is an adult. But Mary can be our model of grace in suffering and someone to whom we can turn in our moments of grief. While I'm certain the pain never goes away, it is comforting to know that we can turn someone who know our pain and through the sarcrafice of her Son, we are confident that we have the opportunity to share in His Ressurection.
So, please pray for the victims, their families, and all those involved in today horrific tragedy. May God bring them peace and comfort in their loss and the hope that some day they will be reunited in Heaven.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and may the perpetual light shine upon them.