Wednesday, December 19, 2012

How Do I Pray for the Families of Sandy Hook?

I received this post in my email box this morning from Proverbs 31 ministries. It made me cry, and it made me nod to myself and resolve to keep these precious people on my prayer list for 2013.

"Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off." Proverbs 24:14

There are things mommies aren't ever supposed to find.

They aren't supposed to find themselves in a firehouse frantically looking for their child.

They aren't supposed to find their child's name on a list of those who won't be coming home.

They aren't supposed to find a dress to wear to their child's funeral...........

Read the post here. 


Debby said...

It is so hard Sara to even imagine. I keep praying nd hope that they feel our prayers.

Stephanie said...

I have a hard time even talking about what happened without choking up, my heart aches for the families. This is a wonderful article, thank you for sharing.

Gail's Garden said...

We know that God is Good, all the time. And we know that, as sinners, not one of us gets what he or she deserves. God knows everyone involved in this awful tragedy, and, in His lovingkindness, has given them exactly what they need. People don't necessarily turn to the Lord when things are hunky dory, but they do in times of terrible need. The only comfort comes from the God of all comfort. My prayer is that America will go to her knees; that those without Jesus Christ will turn to Him who suffered everything to give us salvation; that those who do know Him will be given grace to respond in a Christ honoring way. I also pray that America will not allow herself to become unarmed. The Australians have found that since they gave up their arms, armed robbery, assault, murders and home invasions are all UP not down.

God bless America, not a new America, but the one our founding fathers gave us through much hardship and suffering.

Anonymous said...

I pop by your blog regularly for the bright colours and patterns, all of which warm my heart. And like you - and so many - I have been struggling with how to respond to the Sandy Hook tragedy. I haven't found a way of speaking about it with my children yet, though we will need to have this conversation.

I don't usually comment on blogs; however, I had to respond to the misinformation above. Contrary to the previous poster's assertion that Australia has had a dramatic increase in violent crime, this is not the case (

And, as someone who has lived the vast majority of my life in Canada, a country with strong gun control, I can say that, without a doubt, our violent crime levels are considerably lower than those in the US.

More to the the point, however, violent crime is not the result of limiting arms. It is the result of profound social inequities. Poverty, unemployment, racism, social and economic stratification, etc. Those are all issues that people of faith should seek to respond to.

May all these children and teachers - and indeed all those who die as a result of violence all over the world - find peace. And may we, too, find peace.