December 14, 2012. My world changed that day. I’m sure it did for many of you, as well. It’s the day 20 school children and 6 teachers / administrators were taken from us, in such a horrible act of violence.
I’ve wanted to blog about it, but something was telling me to just be still. I could go online to rant about our need for stricter gun laws. I could have verbally attacked the people who wondered where God was that day. I could have told you about my friends who lost their daughter Ana, and in the midst of unspeakable grief pointed thousands to Christ. But I felt an overwhelming sense to be still.
We want to help, but we know that all of their needs are being met. The outpouring of love for these families has been so immense; it only highlights the good that is in this world. I hate to admit that we’re powerless to help them, but we really are. Nothing we do or say will bring Ana back.
But here’s what we can do:
- We can take care of our own “stuff.” Forgive someone today. Become a better person than you were yesterday.
- We can serve the poor. We can help a friend in need.
- We can sign a petition. If you’re passionate about reducing gun violence in this country, sign the petition at demandaplan.org. They make it so easy and it only takes a few minutes.
- You can “like” the Remembering Ana Marquez-Greene facebook page (and the pages of others) so that we remember the victims.
- We can donate to the Ana Grace Fund. They need immediate and direct financial support.
- We can pray, without ceasing, for these families who will still be grieving long after the phone calls, meals and cards stop.
I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Ana reminds me of that daily, as I wear the purple bracelet from her going-home ceremony that says “Love wins!” It’s a reminder to me that I can do better. That I can love deeper. That I can spread the message of faith, hope and love. Today and every day.