Holding Life a Little Closer

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Life unarguably goes on, even in the face of horrific tragedy. Tomorrow the alarm will blare, we will go to work, stop at the grocery store, and run some errands; and I will resume with a new recipe. But even in this world where wars, murder, and violence have become frighteningly more commonplace, the horror of 20 first graders senselessly murdered in their schoolroom stands out.

It doesn’t take much effort to find reams of articles and interviews politicizing this horror to rant on larger issues  – banning guns and bringing God back into the schools being at the top of the list, even above effective treatment for the mentally ill, and the debates started almost as soon as the first tweets on the massacre hit the newsfeed. I have my opinions on all three, strong convictions in fact, but today I just want to honor the children and adults who were struck down so viciously last Friday, and send prayers to their families.

In remembrance of the innocent lives lost last Friday, hold your loved ones a little closer.

Make sure they know how much you love them.

Try your hardest to make them feel safe in an increasingly violent society we all live in.

Extend your prayers and love to those who have an empty seat at the table today.

All the best to you and your family –




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  1. Theresa Villasenor says

    You have said it so perfectly. My heart cried for the parents, for the community that will never be the same, and for the world we live in (where people resort to such things). I agree, lets take a break today and lets love and hug our family a little bit tighter.

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