Saturday, December 15, 2012

Heartbreak and Gratitude

It is impossible to make sense of yesterday's tragedy. We can ask all the questions, but there will never be an answer that can make it make sense. Our hearts break for the loss of the young lives and the heartache of their families and of a whole town - and all the towns like who look and say, "there but for the grace of God go I."

"Where is the hope?" we might ask. This is where I find hope: Every day, hundreds of millions of people the world over wake up and love each other. They take care of each other and nurture one another. They do their jobs and play with their children. They support each other and root for each other and laugh and play together. They hug and kiss and say I love you.

There are so many people on this earth, and some percentage of them will, for reasons we can't know, be damaged in ways that cause them to do something terrible. But 99.999999% of them won't. And that is something of a miracle in itself.

I pray for the families who have lost their beloved ones, and I find my hope in the hundreds of millions of people who live their lives in friendship and peace and love. May we all comfort one another and be kind to each other.


  1. My heart hurts for the families, the police, the medical professionals who were affected by yesterday's obscene tragedy.
    Like you, I take comfort from the silent majority who will neither cause nor experience the violence which was unleashed yesterday. And my heart also hurts for all those people everywhere who are affected by such tragedies.

  2. Mine too. I saw a photo of policemen hugging each other, comforting each other. Much love to you across the miles, my friend.

  3. Melissa, thank you for this. You said everything so eloquently. Such tragedies can never be understood by those of us who are sane. And it's frightening to know we have no control over these things. I feel so terrible for all who have been is something they will never completely get over.
    Hugs and love to you, and also to Ms. EC above!

  4. So sad. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected.

  5. No parent should ever have to go through this. But, like you Melissa, I believe there has to be hope somewhere.


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