thoughts on newtown

I haven’t written anything about the horrible events that happend last week in Newtown, Conn because I was still trying to work through my thoughts and feelings.  It was horrible and evil and my heart aches for the families, community and all those directly affected by this tragedy.  I’m sad for our nation and those who suffer at the hand of evil, both in national tragedies and also personal tragedies.  Life is so full of irony and pain.  Yet, one of the greatest lessons to be learned is to somehow connect and embrace to the good that comes out of such pain and tragedy: on any scale.   When my mom was dying and I felt such deep sadness and tangible pain; as if my heart literally was going to break open.  In those deep and dark moments comes moments of true perspective, stillness, and great learning.  Feeling such deep pain somehow strengthens our hearts, if we allow it, and makes us better people despite the tragedies that happen in each of our lives.

I read a beautiful article, and wanted to quote one section taken from that great man Abe Lincoln.  It touched my heart.

“Grief, while heartbreaking, can also give rise to powerful acts of compassion. By the time Abraham Lincoln gave his second inaugural address on March 4, 1865, the American Civil War had claimed roughly 750,000 lives, resulting in 37,000 widows and 90,000 orphans.

Why did God allow such devastation? It was a question Lincoln had pondered. Plus, there were many in Washington who wanted to punish the Confederates for all the carnage. Against that backdrop, Lincoln said:

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan — to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations.”

One month later, Lincoln was assassinated. But those words — “with malice toward none” — live on.”

Full article here

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