As a nation, we grieve.
As a nation, we mourn.
As a nation, we band together and pray.
As a nation, we weep.
As a nation, we are speechless.
As a nation, we cannot fathom.
As a nation, we have no answers.
As a nation, we lament.
As a Mom...I do all these things and more.
As a Mom, I push impatience aside and remember the Mom who would hear a lifetime of whining for one more I love you.
As a Mom, I search for signs of upset and fear on my own babies faces because they are right in front of me and I am afriad they can see my heart.
As a Mom, I second guess my decision to be where I am and have what I have because I wonder if the risk will outweigh the benefit.
As a Mom, I knit my heart with other Moms - and while my sense of loss pales in comparison to theirs, this community of mothers feels each loss in their core.
As a Mom, my compassion alternates between tears of anger and tears of joy that these special children each were a gift to this world, and that gift is everlasting.
As a Mom, I look to my faith to help me understand. My heart says - if I grieve this much, how much MORE does He grieve this loss? My heart says - "Do not be afraid, I am with You."... My heart says - just be still and know that He is God...
As a Mom, I know that one thing is certain. That my God sits on His throne and He is sovereign above all. He loves. He creates. He gives and He takes away. He is our safety, our refuge, and bottles all our tears. As a Mom, I pray that the Mom's whose arms are empty tonight can rest in this truth.
As a nation, we stand - under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Join me in prayer for the hurting families. It does not matter what your religion is, how active you are, your past, your present..what matters is that we can join together. Jesus says that when two or more are gathered in His name, we will hear from heaven. Let the families affected by this tragedy hear from heaven. Please join me in the shout.