A nation mourns

Deadly shooting at Connecticut school touches hearts all over

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Many of our best qualities are most in evidence in childhood.

We’re excited and excitable, curious, adventurous, unconditionally loving, quick to forgive, oblivious to subtle slights, unafraid to the point of recklessness – basically in love with life.

When life is so stretched out before such an exuberant, wide-eyed and open-hearted creature, nothing could knife through the soul quite like seeing that thing of such beauty and limitless promise cut down at an assassin’s hand.

The horrible mass shooting Friday in Newtown, Conn., ranks right up there with the most tragic news events in most of our lifetimes: so many people slaughtered, so many of them children. The term “innocent victims” doesn’t begin to describe the incongruity. No one deserves such a fate, but certainly our young tucked away in elementary schools are sacrosanct. Or should be.

We throw around the term “crimes against humanity.” This is. This attack defies any notion of humanity or decency.

Within moments of the attack, people across the nation were mourning openly in social media, and for good reason. It really could’ve been any of us, any of our children. We can only begin to consider the searing pain of their parents and loved ones. We can only imagine the roiling panic and torment in the hearts of parents wondering if their children were among the dead.

Love on your children a little extra today. And pray for those touched by this inexpressible horror.

God help us.

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AprilLowry
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AprilLowry 12/15/12 - 05:46 am
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A nation mourns

You expressed it so well. Thank you.

KasparHauser
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KasparHauser 12/15/12 - 08:39 am
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Mourning Becomes Conservatives...
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But, don't let your love of your children trespass on anyone's 2nd Amendment rights.

For a paper that is obsessed with the Past, you'd think we'd have been treated to an endless parade of editorials on all the similar incidents recalling "An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure" and demanding a solution.

But, all we get is an EMPTY exhortation to pray.

Here's a truly double blind experiment; will these children be restored to life, as is noted on all the concurrent letters on the efficacy of prayer (with the weasel qualification, "but only IF YOU HAVE FAITH")? Guess we get to see if there are ANY True People of Faith in the US given the large volume of prayer on this event this weekend.

Come on, religious nation, get out there and pray. Turn off your football games and Martha Stewart Christmas shows, and pray.

If we don't see any resurrections in the near future we'll have to evaluate our null hypothesis against that data.

Unless, of course, the prayer is couched in terms that anything is a 'hit'. Unless, of course, the prayer asks for more of what would have happened anyway.

I'd say working on not having this happen again is a far better use of time than prayer. But, it's not as effortless.

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rmwhitley 12/15/12 - 10:03 am
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God bless
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the souls of those unfortunate children and adults in Conneticutt, except that piece of sewer scum who perpetrated this holocaust.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/15/12 - 11:48 am
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When I heard the news

When I heard the news yesterday, I was between throwing up and weeping. The depth of this massacre is just beyond imagination for civilized human beings. I don't believe the towers coming down was as horrifying.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 12/15/12 - 11:58 am
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I agree with the article this

I agree with the article this morning and I hurt so bad with the families and there loss. Also, I would never say anything to the families but kind words of comfort. But for the rest of us that are seeing this played out I would say this and I am not trying to make a political point but a moral point. It is normal and fitting that we should be horrified at a man shooting children so cold-bloodedly. For those of us who believe that life begins at conception this is what happens everytime an abortion takes place. We who are against abortion cannot understand why there is not the same outrage over babies being chopped up and sucked out through a tube. This is just something to consider as we look at this tragedy. Let our prayers be lifted up for these families and victims.

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harley_52 12/15/12 - 02:27 pm
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There Is...

....no way to understand it, or rationalize it. The mind of a normal person simply can't comprehend that kind of evil.

I don't think there is any way to know the pain of a parent losing a child,
especially to that kind of evil/violence.

My heart goes out to all of them.

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TrulyWorried 12/15/12 - 05:12 pm
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Deadly Shooting in Conn.

I wonder if it is known that Germany is at the present time conducting a telethon and live performance in Berlin, with many German celebrities and stars, to collect money for "A Heart for Children" - last time I looked they had collected over 1 million Euros.

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TrulyWorried 12/15/12 - 05:55 pm
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I need to add, in case it is misunderstood - this telethon is strictly for the children at the Connecticut school where this horrific crime took place.

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QwertytrewQ 12/15/12 - 07:07 pm
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Only God can heal wounds of this size.

KasparHauser
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KasparHauser 12/18/12 - 09:16 am
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What is Evil, though?
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"The mind of a normal person simply can't comprehend that kind of evil."

Evil only exists if you have an anti-Evil YHWH.

Once you get rid of that excess baggage, you see Nature for what it is; red in tooth and claw, and utterly impartial to skid row bum or Napoleon.

BTW, how many Afghan children were blown up by land mines, this week, so far?

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