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Another school shooting calls us to pray for victims, families, survivorsPosted Monday, December 17, 2012, at 2:35 PM
There is no doubt this has been a turbulent and uncertain time in our nation since word of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., surfaced Friday morning.
Our nation is in shock and grief for the loss of so many precious souls -- young and older.
Don't try to figure out the "whys" behind what happened because you never will.
As President Obama so perfectly described at Sunday night's prayer vigil in Newtown, "There's only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have for our children, for our families, for each other. The warmth of a small child's embrace, that is true. The memories we have of them, the joy that they bring, the wonder we see through their eyes, that fierce and boundless love we feel for them, a love that takes us out of ourselves and binds us to something larger, we know that's what matters."
These youngsters and their brave teachers died far too soon in our mortal minds, but in God's view it was time to bring them home.
That's where our faith comes in and admittedly it's one of the things that I struggle to understand.
I'm reminded in Isaiah 55:9 that God's ways are higher than our ways and he sees things much differently than we do.
The scripture reads: "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
One can never prepare for such a tragedy that produces deaths to innocent individuals who did no wrong.
They were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The reasons for this horrific event will probably never be known or why 20-year-old Adam Lanza would take such an evil, unexplained action and kill his mother as well as 26 people and himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Among the victims was this mentally troubled young man's own mother, who was the first to die, shot in the face while she laid in her own bed.
The gravity of this horrid crime is beyond comprehension, much like other mass school shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado, the University of Texas, Virginia Tech University, West Paducah, Ky., Pearl, Miss., Stamps, Ark. and Jonesboro, Ark.
Lives of victims and survivors have been forever touched, tarnished and blemished because of the actions that took place in a short span of less than 30 minutes.
We have heard clamor for more gun control, armed guards in our schools and increase security measures to protect our youngsters.
In this particular case, one of the weapons was a powerful assault rifle that was owned by the victim's mother, Nancy Lanza, who was a shooting enthusiast.
Possibly it's time to look at beefing up regulations to obtain these assault-type weapons, but anyone who wants one could probably still obtain one.
So, would stricter gun control have saved any of the victims in Friday's classroom massacre?
Life will never be the same for this community, which until Friday morning was a normal close-knit town, like those we have here in Greene County.
Let us remember and pray for the victims and their families.
They include students:
* Charlotte Bacon, age 6
* Daniel Barden, age 5
* Olivia Engel, age 6
* Josephine Gay, age 7
* Ana M. Marquez-Greene, age 6
* Dylan Hockley, age 6
* Madeleine F. Hsu, age 6
* Catherine V. Hubbard, age 6
* Chase Kowalski, age 7
* Jesse Lewis, age 6
* James Mattioli, age 6
* Grace McDonnell, age 7
* Emilie Parker, age 6
* Jack Pinto, age 6
* Noah Pozner, age 6
* Caroline Previdi, age 6
* Jessica Rekos, age 6
* Avielle Richman, age 6
* Benjamin Wheeler, age 6
* Allison N. Wyatt, age 6
The slain school faculty members include:
* Principal Victoria Soto
* Dawn Hocksprung
* Rachel Davino
* Anne Marie Murphy
* Lauren Russeau
* Mary Sherlach
Pray for the survivors of Friday's senseless, cowardly school shooting.
Pray that somehow some good can come of all of this.
Seek God; ask for his guidance and protection for our families and our communities and we carry on in our daily lives.
Turn to God and ask for peace during this tragic time. Hug your kids, grandchildren, your spouse, your parents and cherish every moment we have with each one of them.
Talk with your children about being safe in our schools.
In the big picture, our schools are very safe with qualified administrators and teachers, who are trained to react much the same way as the school personnel -- who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary -- did to protect their students.
Events like Friday's shooting are terrible, but rare. This is one of those senseless crimes that we will never understand.
All we can do is pray.
Nick is assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Nick on Twitter @GCDWSchneider .
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