Monday, December 17, 2012

Real Life

I don't typically watch or listen to the news during the day. I feel that my life is "Real Life" enough. I admit that is short-sighted and self-centered, but sometimes, it's all about protecting myself. "Real Life" can be scary. 

Lobster called me mid-day on Friday and asked if I had heard about the shootings in Connecticut. He explained to me what had happened and then I turned to the TV for more information. I was horrified to learn the details. 

While I waited for our boys after school that afternoon, a wave of emotion came over me. I couldn't help but think of the parents rushing to that elementary school to pick up their little ones. Can you imagine watching other parents reuniting with their children and finding out that you wouldn't be?

As the tears rolled down my cheeks, I prayed for peace for those
 families and emergency workers that would be forever changed.

I, like anyone else, cannot hide from the "Real Life" that's out there. We don't know what each day may bring. So, I'm going to hold my little family close and express my love to them and my gratitude to my Heavenly Father for my time with them.

In a world where there is little peace and much to be afraid of, I take much comfort in the 27th verse from St. John, chapter 14:
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."


  1. All week I've been trying to find out more, while still trying to avoid learning more. It's been so emotional for everyone. The tears hit me while shopping at WinCo yesterday. I was buying a TON of food for my family coming home. It reminded me of shopping when the boys were growing up. Then I was thinking about school-age kids and the tears began again. It's been a rough week, and it has reminded me of Herod's slaughter of the innocents when Christ was born. There is evil and they have to learn to cope. So glad Caleb decided to get baptized. =)

    1. Thanks, Kris. His baptism made for a feel-good day after Friday. I think it's human nature to try to explain all the "whys". But, then, we find out that we may not really want to know.

      I hope you have a wonderful time with your family all home. I hope to see you Monday night. Love you!