It was three years ago that the monstrous details of the Sandy Hook shooting left a first grade classroom in Connecticut and poured into our homes. The age of the victims, the fact that I had just given birth and buried a close friend just put me over the edge. I remember crying as I drove to church that Sunday; unable to pull myself together. It was then that I decided that I needed to put limits on my knowledge of current events, so the TV stayed off after that.
|Putting a ribbon on the tree for #sandyhook . So every year we |
remember to pray for the families & community of #newtown .
We move on after these tragedies, but prayers are still needed years later. Do you pray for the families forever impacted beyond the day you hear about them?
The scene of the Amish Schoolhouse shooting is just down the road from where I live. My errands and journeys take me through Nickel Mines at least once a week. While the world may forget what happened there, the people of my community will always remember.
I recently had the opportunity to hear Marie Monville speak at a Ladies Christmas Brunch. The name is likely not familiar to you; but she is the widow of the man responsible for the evil of that October day. The date of the brunch fell on my birthday and I hesitated to go for fear of reliving the details of nine years ago. But I felt the Lord wanted me there, so I signed up to attend.
I couldn't put into words why it was good to stand in the light of this forgotten woman, until I was driving home and saw this church sign.
Food to feed our doubts is easily accessible. However, the nourishment that our faith is starving for mush be eagerly sought after if we are to thrive in this sin cursed world.
Many have a soapbox and an agenda after a mass shooting. Fingers are pointed, laws are proposed and hatred seems to multiply. Everyone has an opinion but few can see the whole picture and see the hand of God in it all.
Five years after her world was turned upside down, Marie realized the importance of sharing her story with the world. She is letting her light shine after Satan seemed to do everything to blow it out.
|Despite all that has happened to Marie she never blames |
the weapon found in the hand but the evil found in the heart.
The promise of redemption is the theme of her life.