Today, we live in a hurting nation. For the past week, many of us have been trying to wrap our heads around the senseless act of violence that claimed the lives of 26 people in New England, most of whom were in an elementary school. We try to imagine that morning as teachers struggled to corral children whose biggest concerns were if Santa would fill those long-awaited Christmas wishes.
In minutes, the routine morning was disrupted as lives were ended and others changed forever.
In the wake of what happened in Newtown, Ct., parents have reluctantly let little hands go, double-checked sleepy faces at night, said I love you again and again and shook their heads in despair.
The grief that swept over our country last week is reminiscent of the pain we felt with the Virginia Tech shootings, the horror at Columbine and the massacre at the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City.
We grieve for the loss. We cringe at the idea of evil. We know that it could happen anywhere, to anyone and the next time, we may be personally involved.
And yet through the despair, we know that hope remains. We are a strong people, a fighting people. We will withstand the pain and come out stronger, committed and more resolved to hug more, smile longer, love deeper.
During this Christmas season–a season of hope, of love, of forgiveness–let us draw on the strength within us to be kinder, speak softer, reject negativity and to rejoice with those we love.
Hold them close. Say I love you. Treasure each moment. Those will be the gifts that will be remembered and transcend time.
Merry Christmas from the Williston Pioneer.