Saturday, December 22, 2012

When You Want to Say Something

It seems hard to rightly honor those lost, but sometimes, you want to say something, rather than just keep talking about sleighbells and snow. 

I've been amazed at the outpouring on the blog sphere sharing resources, love and support to those grieving the Sandy Hook tragedy.

 As Kindnessgirl shares, "May we meet the darkest dark with the brightest light."



-Here are some resources that address talking with children about tragedy.

-This post made me remember that even though we may walk through grief, that
it is real, there are also promises of hope, glimpses out there of people and places to see when you are looking for something good again.

Everyone processes things like this differently, and it's important to acknowledge that. If you're a practical, need to know how to help person, you might be asking, "what now?" My friend Amy shares some ideas.

My heart hurts when I think of those children and their families. For even in this very bad nightmare though, I know it's not the darkness that is the end.

There is so much darkness around. But, I'm constantly reminding myself that hope wins in the end. It is the story I want to tell. It is the writing on the wall. I don't have children, but I know the faces of the kids I see everyday. Many of them experience so much hurt, sadness, grief, longing. Sometimes I think they need a safe place to land. A safe place to be upset a little while if they need to be, or even to be happy awhile.

Don't give up and don't shy away if the kids in your life are experiencing grief. I pray space for them if they want to say something too.

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