The Lord is close to the brokenhearted

    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18

This passage has been used many times in the past few days on multiple websites I have read as I try to process the horrible, unspeakable things that occurred in Connecticut last Friday.

I wasn’t going to post anything.

I didn’t know what to say and I certainly couldn’t say it as lovely as Michelle or Lisa-Jo.

I haven’t watched too much television news about this, it is just too painful.

I haven’t watched the children interviewed.  

I only saw one set of parents interviewed and their children were not physically hurt.  But they are having nightmares.  They can’t get what they saw out of their minds.

The dad said it is part of what makes them who they are and they will all have to learn to live with the experience.

Yesterday was the third Sunday of Advent.  The Sunday we are supposed to celebrate JOY.

This is the responsorial refrain we used…

Cry out with joy and gladness: 
for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

I pray that the people of Newtown, Connecticut feel the presence of the great and Holy One of Israel.

Things looked pretty bleak when Jesus was born so long ago in dark, stinky stable.  But God was in charge then and he is still on his throne and in charge today.  Even when things look bleak.

Lord, comfort the people of Newtown.  Especially be with the one that will bury their loved ones today and in the coming days.  Be with the children and families of those that survived the shootings.  Comfort all of them.  Please give them peace.  Help them find rest in you.  

I am joining with Michelle today…

Here is an article that I think is worth reading.  


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