Saturday, December 14, 2013

Remembering Sandy Hook

Let us remember them and pray for them......
Yesterday our school children and their parents gathered for a movie night, watching 'The Polar Express" while munching on pizza as long lines waited for popcorn. It was such a peaceful atmosphere as little children dressed in their pajamas huddled together on blankets and enjoyed a peaceful evening of fun and relaxation. And as I watched and admired these children, from toddlers to 8th Graders, my mind flashed back to what happened a year ago in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, with 20 children and 6 teachers killed violently, shattering families and destroying peace in a quiet community.

Let us pray for and remember these victims and their families today as they re-live those tragic moments when phones rang out with desperate calls and messages, and an entire school was suddenly turned upside down. When I looked at our children last night I thought of how easily this tragedy could have happened right here in Bend, and how could I ever console parents if something like this ever happened in our midst. So let us hug our children a little tighter tonight, and kiss them ever so gently while keeping them closer to us.

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