|"December 19, 2012 Day +50, halfway there!"|
We woke up Friday to the terrible news of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Our hearts broke as the story unfolded and we learned the number of children and adults killed at the hands of a ruthless gunman. It is impossible to comprehend the pain of the affected families and the incredible loss they must feel. We, along with millions of Americans, prayed for the families and the souls of the victims at Mass on Sunday. As I reflected, the popular saying "God only gives you what you can handle" came to mind. To those who have said this to me, thank you for thinking I am "handling this" well; however, there are so many days I wish I could say "I can't handle this anymore" to make it stop, but I know it's not that easy.
We believe that in difficult times, God gives us the strength to face our fears and our grief through the grace of others - our family, our friends, and many we've never met. We believe we "handle it" because of the outpouring of love, support and prayer we receive each and every day. We stay strong and "handle this" because we feel loved and because we have purpose, because we are at the best center for this disease and because we have faith. The only thing we can do during a difficult time is support each other. We can pray for strength, cherish our loved ones and celebrate little joys wherever we find them. A little joy is a thoughtful card in the mail, a pleasant conversation with a stranger, or a casual walk on a nice day. Sometimes we have to get creative to find joy, but we find it. And we cherish it. And we celebrate it. So in a time when so many are getting creative to find little joys, please take a minute and pray that we continue to find ours, those who've lost loved ones can begin to find theirs, and truly appreciate yours, rejoicing in them as we grow ever closer to Christmas day.
Hope you have a merry Christmas full of JOY,