Beauty for ashes
It’s 3 PM on Sunday afternoon as I write this. Phoenix is running around with my little sister, his aunt. Caspian is sleeping soundly in his bassinet. But else where in the world parents are preparing to bury their babies while mine are snuggled safely still beside me. Since Friday my heart has been so incredibly heavy as I know each of yours has as I have watched the tragedy in Connecticut unfold.
I’ll admit that I have been having a very hard time escaping the feelings of hopelessness. My tears won’t stop as I think about all that has been lost, all that won’t ever BE and all that I am trying to hold on to. As a parents you do everything in your power to protect your children. We research the best car seats, we load them up with vitamins, provide them with helmets, & cover up the electrical outlets all so we can go to sleep with a bit of piece that our children, our hearts, will be there when we wake. But sometimes our children lose their innocence no matter what we do.
I know I am not alone in the blogosphere today as many bloggers will be expressing their grief, but I have a sponsored post scheduled for today that I can’t not post, but I didn’t want to just overlook what has happened. Through my own grief in my small corner of the world I want to send all of my love, all of my prayers & all my good will & intentions to every hurting heart & broken soul.
When things like this happen I have a lot of questions regarding my faith. There are just simply no answers for why things like this happen & I don’t know if we ever will know. But I believe that God can bring a tremendous amount of healing & even turn all of this evil into something beautiful. He can and He will.
All I want to do & all I can do today is teach my children to love. Love themselves, love each other & love others.
Evil won’t win, we won’t let it.
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. Isaiah 61:3
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