Saturday, December 14, 2013

One Year Ago Today... We Remember

Yesterday, as I was out running errands, I caught a glimpse of a news report in a store - a shooter was in a school. Outcome unknown. That fear, that I've come to know all too well, gripped my heart. I immediately prayed for the school, for the students and staff, for the police who were responding to the situation, for the families who were just hearing that their children were in danger...

My heart has been heavy this week already with the one year anniversary of Sandy Hook fast approaching. I have done my best this past year to honor each of the children who lost their lives that day... to remember them here on my blog and in our family. Today each of those children and staff members have been running through my mind as I vowed once again to never forget them. To never forget the promises we made one year ago to cherish life and our children more and savor every moment, because we never know what the future holds.

I added Claire Davis to my prayer list today. She was critically wounded in yesterday's shooting at Arapahoe High School here in Denver and her family is reaching out to our community to pray for her healing.

I hate that this continues. I hate that there are so many mornings when I drop the kids off at school with a smile and wave goodbye from Kassidy and Kameron, or air hugs and blowing kisses from Kennedy and Keeghan through the car window and that fleeting thought goes through my head... "What if that was it?"

None of us know what the future holds. And while we cannot live in fear, I will remember those who have fallen and I will make sure that my children know they are loved and cherished with every goodbye. 

No regrets. 

5 comments :

Katrina said...

Praying for their families today. I just cannot even imagine the pain they have felt this last year.

Lynn said...

So hard to wrap my head around the fact that all this really happened...
Continuing to lift up prayers!
Psalms 63:5-8 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
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Anne B. said...

I still ask myself, how can this be? How can all of these little lives and those of the adults murdered that day just be gone from this world, their families? I still can't think about it without bursting into tears. So senseless, so cruel, so DEVASTATING. I pray that we never forget, I pray that each of these little ones make an impact somewhere on someone so that their untimely passing will not go UNremembered....EVER. And I am thankful that there is a sovereign ONE who holds us through this and promises so much more for us. Thank you again, Renee, for helping us remember. I have loved reading your birthday tributes to every child. ((((BIG HUGS))))!

Island Baby said...

Don't forget to also pray for the teachers and principal who also were killed at Sandy Hook. What a horrible tragedy to lose such beautiful lives.

amanda said...

That looks so cold! Was it fun though?