RESPONDING TO AURORA:
I could not ignore this topic. I decided I must ponder — in cyberspace — how we, as moms, can handle the tragedy of the recent shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Unfortunately, for me and my co-host (Shelley), Friday’s early morning shooting brought back memories. Six years ago, both Shelley and I went through the shooting at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado. Both of our husbands happened to work at Platte Canyon. Of course, in that shooting, there was one victim — 16-year-old Emily Keyes. Emily was a very sweet girl, who was known in one way or another by both of our families. Platte Canyon’s shooting came after the massacre at Columbine and, of course, Colorado has since suffered through several church shootings. And now this…
I’m not going to tell you how you MUST view this tragedy, but I will gently suggest a few things:
First, and this is obvious, allow this tragedy to remind you of what matters. Over the last 24 hours, I’ve been praying to God on behalf of the families of the victims. I’ve also been reminded, once again, of the value of my own family. So, I’ve been thanking God for my own blessings. I hope the same for you.
Second, you could view this is an opportunity to talk to your children about your love for them, about how we should respond to evil and about how we can offer compassion. As a mom, you can offer your children some invaluable life lessons today.
Third, because I’m a Christian, I believe we are called to view the victim’s families as brothers & sisters… we are called to pray for them… and to reach out with assistance if we can… through donating blood or money or cards. We can also offer kindness to one another… as a way of rising above the evil that played out in that movie theater.
DON’T MISS this opportunity to turn beauty out of the heap of ashes… to shine light into the darkness. TELL your kids how much you love them… talk to them… help them, so they don’t feel the pain of abandonment and rejection and neglect that turns people into violent shooters. Love your neighbor… just a little bit better. Forgive those who’ve hurt you, so it doesn’t become a festering wound waiting to erupt.
None of these are demands. They are simply suggestions… to make good out of bad, because here at Channelmom, we actually believe that one of our job requirements is to minister to moms… moms who’ve suffered loss or violence or rejection… moms who are single and struggling… or facing divorce… or moms who’ve suffered tragedy, including the loss of a child or a spouse. This is WHY Channelmom exists — to help moms.