A moment of thought for the survivors of Sandy Hook

I’d like to take a moment to offer our sincere condolences to the families the shooting victims at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.  Nothing can prepare a parent for the loss of a child, especially not in a situation like the one that occurred at what should be the safest place their kids can be.

I’ve waited to write this because I did not want to let the raw emotion of the moment guide my words. I am a father, a grandfather, an uncle and a brother. I cannot even imagine how I would feel or respond if this were to happen to any member of my family, yet I will never forget the overwhelming sorrow and rage I felt the day that I heard of this tragedy.

In the wake of  that fateful Friday, debate has been sparked over many issues. That makes sense. People are trying to make sense of something that can’t be made sense of. They are trying to come to grips with something that never should have happened. A nation is grieving and the world grieves with us.

I have nothing to say on the politics of the matter. I will not share my opinions on what should be done. This is not the venue for those things. What I would like to do is ask you to look at the photo above.

Each candle bears the name of someone who went to school one fateful day but never got to come home. The best ting that we as a community can do is to remember them.

I can’t offer much, but I offer this to the families, friends and loved ones of each and every one of these beautiful people.  It’s a traditional Irish prayer for those who have gone. I think it speaks better any sentiment that I have than I could ever find the words for.

Charlotte, Daniel, Rachel, Olivia, Josephine, Ana, Dylan, Dawn, Madeline, Catherine, Chase, Jesse, James, Grace, Anne, Emilie, Jack, Noah, Jessica, Avielle, Mary, Victoria, Benjamin, Allison and Lauren, We remember them.

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, we remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and the chill of winter, we remember them. At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer, we remember them. At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them. When we have joy we crave to share, we remember them.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make, we remember them. When we have achievements that are based on theirs, we remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us, as we remember them. 

To all those who survive these beautiful people, please know that you are in our hearts and in our thoughts.

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