Words of Encouragement

What is there to say about the tragedy in Connecticut? Words simply can’t convey what the heart feels in instances like this.

As I listened to the news on my way to the store, my eyes welled with tears and my stomach felt as if someone had punched it.

What words would I be able to use in instances like this? I’m sorry? That seems so inadequate.

In times like these I believe the best thing to do is say nothing, hold the person who this has personally impacted, cry with them, hold their hand and simply allow touch to give whatever healing it can give. And if we’re not around to do this, all we can do is pray and hold those we love closer to us because we never know when this will happen to us.

A friend once told me that she appreciated food that we had left for her and her family after her mother passed away. This can also be helpful, but most times eating is impossible as the mind simply can’t wrap itself around the tragic events.

This tragedy is horrid! Seeing pictures of children with their faces wincing and crying in anguish — what could bring more pain to our hearts? Those who saw images of the carnage will never be able to remove the picture from their minds and it may forever haunt them.

Words of encouragement? All I can say is that there is a place that we can look forward to where pain and suffering do not exist. I can hardly wait for that day.

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  Revelation 21:3, 4

May the families, friends and all of us who are impacted by this take some comfort in these words. Come Lord Jesus, please come!

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