I don't know about you, but my heart is hurting and my mind can not fathom the depth of evil that visited Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on Friday morning. I couldn't make myself go to my Sunday School Christmas Party Friday night due to a deep sadness and depression that came over me as I listened to the breaking news. Each new revelation made the horror more tragic and all I could envision was the little bodies of those precious 20 children lying on the cold hard schoolroom floor ....can you picture the Horror those first responders must have seen as they came upon the grizzly scene?
Today in church, we observed a moment of silence in honor of the victims as numerous prayers were lifted up to petition our loving Heavenly Father to wrap his everlasting arms around the families of all the victims, the teachers, the town, the first responders, medical examiner's team, etc...
The silence was deafening....
Each of us imagined ourselves in the shoes of those grieving parents, spouses and family members. Without Faith, how does a person get through something like this. Many have asked the question, "Where was God?" "How could He allow such a heinous crime to happen on such innocent victims?" I am here to tell you.........................................................................................
God is BIG enough for our questions. GOD was right there in Sandy Hook even as the shooter rampaged through the building. The Bible tells us that bad things happen to good people. For ALL have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.
But I have to be honest.... in my sadness and anger I asked the BIG question,
Where were you God?
God know me and He knows I ask the BIG questions but I also KNOW HE is in charge even when I can't understand. When I can't always understand the WHY? I can always TRUST God's Heart. He loves Me, He loves You, and He loves every one of those 20 children and 6/7 adults. Without a shadow of doubt, Heaven gained 20 precious little Angels on Friday morning and Hopefully each one of those 6/7 adults had a personal faith in Jesus Christ to where they joined those children as they entered into Eternity.
Thank You my dear quilting/blogging friends for indulging me today.
I simply had to Journal my thoughts on this Tragic event before I could move on to any topic other than Sandy Hook. It has weighed so heavily on my mind and heart. I know for certain, I hugged my 5 grandchildren extra hard over the week-end...each one so precious to me...more precious than gold!
(just a random group I found on-line but I loved their quilts)
I have seen several blogs in which collecting quilts was mentioned as a way to show our support to the people of Sandy Hook. I don't know which group I may join up with but if any of you know of a group that you like who are making quilts/blankets/pillows to send to Sandy Hook, please let me know.
I read that Project Linus sent over 700 quilts and another group, Project Binky, sent between 200-300. I don't want to overload the town with quilts they don't need so I suggested to one blogger that pillowcases might be nice to make and send in January. If you have any thoughts or input, please, let's talk!!
Daniel Barden (9/25/05), 7 years old
James Mattioli (03/22/06), 6 years old
Charlotte Bacon (2/22/06), 6 years old