We come to You with broken hearts, surrendering the catastrophe that has occurred today in Connecticut. We cannot comprehend the darkness that led to this, or the suffering of those who have loved and lost [.....] May those who died find joy in the immortal realms. May those who mourn them be comforted in this hour of their agony. And may our prayers and actions be guided by You, dear God, to create a world where this occurs no more. Amen”~Marianne Williamson
As a nation we mourn the loss of innocent lives and in many ways the a loss of our own innocence. We mourn and we are angry. How could this happen? Why did it happen? The horrific event in Newton, Connecticut has made many people angry. There’s nothing wrong with being angry. We should be angry but we also must find a way to make sense out of a senseless act and turn the anger into prayer. That said, let us not merely sit at home and put prayers out there. We can and must engage in active prayer.
My niece Jordan Taitel posted this on Facebook; “Many people today have been posting “praying for the victims and their families” or messages along those lines. How many of us, however, actually stopped and prayed for the victims? Let us all stop our busy lives for a second and say a prayer that this sort of senseless violence ends. Then lets pray by doing. In hebrew the word for worship and the word for work are the same. AVODAH. We can worship through doing work. Write your congressman a letter asking for stricter gun control, ask for an end to future violence. Prayer is not only a silent conversation between you and your God. Prayer can be action. Both are important. Please, take action, and hopefully we can prevent this from happening in the future.”
Jordan most eloquently stated a very simple truth. “Prayer is not only a silent conversation between you and your God. Prayer can be action.” It is time to make our prayers active. Not doing anything does nothing. Hoping and praying someone else will do it also does nothing. It is up to each of us to make our prayers active by letting our voices be heard not just by God but by our legislators and government. Let us speak up not in anger but in prayer and with love. Support Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Write Congress to implement gun control legislation. I truly believe that what happened at the Sandy Hook school goes well beyond the intention of our second amendment right to bear arms. Two of the guns used were legally purchased, registered and in the home.
My friend Thomas Springer wrote: “There will never be words to express the loss today. What we can do is act. Stop blaming this and that and quit saying if only this or that. Get out of the comfort of your home and go sponsor an at risk teen. Make a difference in the life of someone in need in your neighborhood. Become involved in your community. It’s nice to light candles and have discussions and pray for all the victims. But how about using your gifts and resources to help some of the wayward kids in your town. There will always be time to blame and discuss but for someone tonight that needs the love and compassion of others to help learn how to live a proper life we are letting the chance to help them slip away. We are stewards of our communities and for that we are all responsible.”
It is time to engage in active prayer. Pray! Embrace your loved ones. Mourn for the children, the families and all who have suffered at the hands of the broken soul who committed this act. Connect with your unique vibration of love and allow it to flow through you. Listen and hear the cries of those crying out for help. Send them love and light and then take action. Put prayer in action by sponsoring an at risk teen. Become involved in your community.
This is a wake up call for all of us. Take a moment from your all too busy day and think of ways to help those who need it and are crying out for help. Use your gifts and resources to put prayers in motion. Pray for innocent lives lost. Pray for our own innocence lost then make that prayer active by taking action!~Shine Your Light Debbie
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