Sunday, December 16, 2012

the weary world

my heart joins everyone across the country and globe this weekend as being collectively broken over the lives taken at sandy hook elementary on friday.

newtown is only about 30 miles north of where i work, and though proximity doesn't add or subtract from the intensity of the horror or grief over the situation, it certainly shook me to know how very close to home this all is, and even outside of the news coverage, it has been impossible to forget as it is in the conversations of every person around me, many of whom know someone in newtown.

one of the great and simple lessons i have learned through the journey of my life and career is that children are children everywhere the same.  their laughter, joy, innocence is the same regardless of culture, language, religion, economic level or skin tone.  and the loss of a child is a collective loss of everyone, because in every child there is infinite potential, potential for them to create, to lead, to teach, to travel or put down roots, to create another generation, to change the course of what is ahead.

there is no way to understand this, nor be able to conceive of the loss of the families, the community, and all of us for being robbed of the potential of those 26 lives, so i offer up my broken heart in unity with everyone.  

may this holiday season be a new morning for the weary and grieving, and a chance for us to get our arms around the people we love and give thanks.

"a thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees.. o hear the angel voices."

1 comment:

Anjane' said...

Beautiful & heartfelt. Thank you!