Advent Devotion 14

Dec. 10, 2022

Ten years ago today was an unforgettable day for the people of Newtown, Connecticut where Sandy Hook Elementary School is located. Ten years ago, on December 10, 2012, 26 people were killed at the school: Twenty children ages 6 and 7 years old and six adult staff members. The shooter also took his own life.

I am sure that every year at this time, the town, the school, the families, are remembering. I imagine that it must be hard to feel merry and bright even these ten years on. I also think that it is Divine Love and healing that has enabled them to go on. To get up. To face another day at school. Another year without one who was beloved. They have been sustained by a power stronger than death.

Somehow, in a situation seemingly saturated with evil, devoid of love, the light of Divine Love cannot be ultimately extinguished. And perhaps it is in such a horrendous situation that the compassion of Christ is felt most deeply.

Christ was not on vacation that day. Not taking a day off. But working overtime.

Yes, we want to work with every fiber of our being to prevent such a heinous incident from happening ever again. That is the Christ within us. Wanting to save others and prevent harm. The Christ in us also seeks to reach out to those who are in deep pain with comfort and compassion.

May we recommit ourselves to creating a world that is safe and supportive of ALL children. Like Jesus, may we welcome all children with acceptance and love. Maybe that would have helped the young man responsible for the shooting at Sandy Hook.

Prayer

We so want to be in a reality where all children are loved and provided for. Where we don’t ever again hear about another mass shooting anywhere. May we remember that with Christ all things are possible even the silencing of guns and the healing of broken hearts. May we continue to work to create the world of God’s dreams. Amen.

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