Holiday season is bittersweet sometimes. I was just wrapping Christmas presents for my three children on the dining room table and all the while thinking about the school shooting this morning in Connecticut that left 20 children and 6 adults dead. There are just no words. I thought of those parents who will have unopened Christmas presents under the tree and stashed away in closets for the children and family members who were lost today. I thought of how devastating Christmas will feel to them this year. No words. Then, a song came on that made me weep – a song about Christmas and loss. But it’s also a song about honoring the memory of those who are gone.
From Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan:
And this is how I see you
In the snow on Christmas morning
Love an happiness surround you
As you throw your arms up to the sky
I keep this moment by and by
Oh, how I miss you now, my love
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas, my love
I very nearly abandoned writing this post today because I couldn’t make sense of what to say. Because nothing I could say would be adequate. I felt guilty about putting cheerful Christmas cookies on the page that might fly in the face of someone’s grief. But the truth is that a great many of my readers on any given day have probably experienced loss this year or are missing someone this Christmas. So, to each of you folks, I just wanted to say that you are not forgotten. I am praying for you specifically today. Christmas reminds us that life is precious. Draw near to one another this season.
Join me in praying for the families of the school shooting victims and their community today and in the weeks ahead.