At the end of last week, the world watched in sheer devastation when we heard news out of Newtown, Connecticut.
A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 elementary school children.
It was with heavy hearts that so many watched, with jaws unhinged, as news reports continued to share more news about the incident, seemingly, every minute.
Though I don’t have any children, I can only imagine the pain and grief that those people are going through, especially during these holidays.
This time of year is meant to be a time we spend with the ones closest to us, whether they be family or close friends. It’s a time where we abandon our daily hustle and bustle and haplessly try to bring a smile to someone’s face – someone you may have known all your life, or someone you just met.
But when I think about what the families of those children and teachers in Connecticut are going through right now, I simply stop and say a prayer that they will somehow have an inkling of peace during this time.
This Christmas, I plan go to my hometown and see my parents and spend time with my family, and I know that many of you will be doing the same.
But this holiday season, I pray that you don’t simply take for granted the fact that you are around your loved ones – no, take time to be completely conscious of your surroundings and who you have around you.
Make sure you tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.
If you’re a parent, hug your children and let them know that you love them.
If you have your parents or grandparents around you, cherish the moments that you have together.
It is incredibly difficult to imagine that someone you love may not be there at some point. Sometimes we start to feel like some humans are invincible, but the truth is, we aren’t.
So, say a prayer for those families in Connecticut, as well as the many other people who have lost those close to them. Reach out to someone and make sure you not only spread “Christmas cheer,” but simply spread life to all who you come in contact with – during the holidays and throughout the year.
God bless you all, and merry Christmas!