For a long time now I have been telling my younger friends not to have any children. Don’t get me wrong. I love children, especially sweet smelling babies that you can hug and snuggle against forever. My problem with babies and by extension children is that no matter hard you may try, you can never keep them totally safe – even here in Barbados. Remember the teenaged girl who was stabbed to death in the toilet at Foundation School by another student? And what about the boy who was killed for his cellphone? Let’s not even talk about bullying, peer pressure, stalkers … the list can be overwhelming.
When I became a parent, I was amazed at the depth of love I had for this little person who cried and nursed non-stop. As he grew older, I found myself not only laughing with him but literally crying with him whenever he was hurt. Nathan is 15 years old now but every morning I drop him off at school and hope never to hear the words I fear most: “You need to come to the school; there’s been an accident.” In the end, we are so very powerless when it comes to protecting our offspring from the harsher aspects of life but although this is true, I cannot begin to imagine for one moment being a parent of one of those innocent children murdered last Friday in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut, USA. Why target little helpless children who could not defend themselves? Why shoot them over and over and over? How cowardly! How sad! How unnecessary!
Maybe like me, your eyes remain riveted to the television set; your tears fall for the families and the heroic teachers who tried to save the lives of the children. Your heart burns for the spiritual leaders who will have to be strong for those who have lost loved ones, yet you are so proud of President Obama who is first and foremost a father. As I write these meaningless words, words that can never bring a dead human being back to life, I hold close instead the words of Monsignor Robert Weiss who when interviewed about how the parents were coping said: “This world has become so violent, at least they know their child is safe.”
Yes, those that have died are all safe now but death does not conquer us; we conquer death – because Jesus conquered it for us. We therefore know in turn that our redeemer lives and trust that these angels – both big and small – are resting safely in His arms.
The holiday season will never ever be the same, but to the families who have lost loved ones and to the entire community of Newtown in Connecticut, our love and prayers are with you even though we are so very far away.
Words of Comfort
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Revelation 21:4 (NIV)
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.
Psalm 116:15 (NIV)
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
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Click link below to read Spanish Translation: Cuando la muerte no tiene sentido y las palabras no son suficentes …