Listening to the news. Watching the faces. Hearing the cries of the parents and the public. Wondering why. Praying for healing.
These thoughts run back and forth in my mind as I am reminded that this has happened 37 times since 1974. It never gets easier. It makes my love for my children grow and my thankfulness abound even more. The world will never be the same. Our nation will never be the same. Newtown, Connecticut will never be the same.
The one thing we must remember is that this tragedy was known to God. So, why would God allow such to happen? I don't know. No one does. What are we to do? Well, the truth is God is still in control. We pray for the hearts of the families and the community members that they will somehow find comfort and peace in knowing their children and loved ones are in heaven with Jesus this Christmas.
I know this is not something to be understood with any time of reason. Gosh! I would be climbing the walls if this had happened to my children. I would be loosing my mind. I would be angry. I would be questioning God. I would not be in a good mindset. There would be no understanding in my heart or my mind.
The next thing we can do for the survivor victims is to simply be there for them. In all of my education background, books and texts could never publish enough information of how to handle or deal with something of this magnitude. However, the knowledge of being there for them is the most important aspect in helping these traumatized survivor victims.
The evidence surrounding secondary traumatized family members elicit the knowledge that crisis intervention must be at the forefront of the the town and nation right now--not being concerned with how or why the shooter committed such horrific acts.
I want to encourage you to pray for these individuals. Pray for your community. Pray for your children's safety. And pray for our leaders. In addition to prayer, offer a listening ear to those who are experiencing trauma from these events. Traumatized victims are not necessarily ones who had a direct impact of the event. They can be individuals such as you and me. Therefore, watch your friends' behaviors. If you notice an "over-engrossed" obsession with the recent shooting events, comfort them and direct them to locations for them to receive social support services.
I am continuing to pray for all of our nation and those directly impacted with the terrifying events of last week. I hope you do as well.