Sorrow and Hope

I have posts and tutorials I planned to post yesterday and this weekend, but the events of yesterday in Connecticut are just too heart wrenching. I feel so much sorrow and sense of loss over what happened, and I don’t even personally know anyone there. I cannot imagine the horrifying pain of those parents who lost a little one yesterday, and how you would wake up today after that. I can only offer my prayers to the thousands others being directed at Newtown.

I have seen numerous posts on Facebook, like this one from Rhythm of the Home:

Today is a very hard day for all of us. As we try to absorb what has happened, many of us are asking what we can do in the days to come. For those close to a child, hold them tight. Remind them how very cherished and loved they are, and continue the work that you do to fill their lives with light and peace.
We are a community, and a community holds its own close in heart. Times like these can bring us down, but it is people like all of you that remind us that hope is never lost, and peace is always possible. Blessings.

Or this quote from Mister Rogers:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” — Mister Rogers

If I watch the news right now, which I admit to not being able to do much of, I find hope in the stories of teachers who put their students’ lives ahead of theirs, and it is things like that that make a little ray of hope shine through this unbelievable sorrow.

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This piece I just finished feels appropriate today. I hope the parents, families, and community there are able to find peace. I’ll post again with a new tutorial on Monday.

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4 thoughts on “Sorrow and Hope

  1. Well said. My sentiments are the same. I can`t bear to watch the news and I won`t for a while. I couldn`t sleep last night. So much sorrow and heartbreak. Thank you for your encouraging post.

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