The Holidays are a time to celebrate with family the joys of being together, giving gratitude for all that we have, and remembering those that have gone on before us. Unfortunately for many in this Connecticut neighborhood and others around the world who have lost loved ones, the holidays will be forever changed.
We could discuss the need for greater gun control in the United States as well as getting America to wake up to the importance of getting proper help with those who suffer form personality and mental disorders. We could discuss the need for a spiritual awakening and better communication in our relationships. But instead, we’d like to celebrate the life of all those who died yesterday.
They were each someone’s child, mother, father, sibling, partner and friend. The gift of life is one of our greatest treasures and no one has the right to take it away, especially in such callous and cruel ways. I think most parents spent a little bit more time with our children last night and watching them more closely as they went about the business. I know I did.
“Children are the hands by which we take hold of Heaven” -Rev. Henry Ward Beecher
Children are our greatest examples of selflessness, love, and kindness. They have their moments of growth where it can be a bit challenging, but in the next instant they surprise us with their compassion and love. They are closer to Heaven than we are and remind us just how simple life really is.
Each of these children that left this world prematurely will be missed on a level that human words cannot express or define. But the memories of joy and love they have left as their legacy will live on.
If there is anything we can learn from yesterdays event and those proceeding this tragedy, it’s to love and give love everyday. We don’t know when our moment will come and we need to make sure that our last moments are always on a happy, loving note. You can’t tell your loved ones “I love you” enough. This has also made me realize just how important it is to choose your battles.
Another way to show love is to give of your time to those in need. If any of our readers live near the Sandy Hook Elementary School area, we would encourage you to find a way in which you can serve the families and communities at this time. It may be as simple as helping out with daily chores that will easily be forgotten at this time.
Our prayers are with the families, survivors and first responders who will need all the support needed to make it through the next few days, weeks, months, and years. God bless you and watch over you. May His love engulf you and provide the comfort and peace designed specifically for you.
All our love,
Staff from Linked in Hollywood
Be Still My Soul
“Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.
Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.
Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.
Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.”