Today is a very tragic day for the people of Newtown Connecticut as shortly after nine o’clock this morning a gunman went on a shooting spree at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. At least twenty-six people are reported dead; there are eighteen children among them. It is still not clear why the children were targeted. The gun man reportedly had an argument with the principal but it is not clear if this had anything to do with the shooting.
I can only imagine the sorrow of all the parents who sent their children off to school this morning who heard of the shooting and went to the school only to find that their children are among the dead. What can you say to console them? What can you say to ease their pain. We can only offer words of comfort but in times like that even that is not enough. There will forever remain the unanswered question of why. Why did he target helpless, innocent children?
In this season of goodwill so many families will be in mourning. Christmas is just not the same without the children and nothing will filled the void that is left; nothing will fill that space. I wish God’s blessing for all those who have lost a child in this shooting and I pray they will find the strength to do deal with this tragedy.
- Children, gunman dead in Conn. elementary school shooting (cbsnews.com)
- 27 Dead, Including 18 Children, In Elementary School Shooting In Newtown, Connecticut (b96.cbslocal.com)
- Gunman, child dead in Connecticut elementary school shooting (kmov.com)