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"Bless the beasts and the children
Give them shelter from the storm
Keep them safe
Keep them warm." (Perry Bokin, Jr. & Barry DeVorzon)
It has been a tough week. Loss of not only innocent lives, but of our sense of security as well. Coverage has been ubiquitous - so much so that I saw a post on Facebook that said the families of Newtown, CT are requesting that the media just leave them alone now, thank you very much. They need that to begin to heal.
Everyone has an answer, but no one has a solution.
On a much smaller scale, that pretty much describes parenting. Tough days, weeks and even months where things don't work out in any way that resembles what was "supposed" to happen. We feel at a loss. Hurt. Puzzled. Confused. Perhaps angry or even ready to give up.
But we we don't give up. We look for the good and we hang on to it for dear life. We begin with what we know to be true and we build on that, moving forward, tentatively at first, toward the glimmer of hope that everything will somehow be all right. Someday.
The lyric at the top of this post always makes me think of the manger scene - the beasts surrounding the infant who was a glimmer of hope brighter even than the star that led the shepherds to Him. In conditions that were far from luxurious, they were sheltered from the storm. Safe and warm.
And that is what we do for our children. To the best of our ability, we give them shelter from the storms of life. We keep them safe and we keep them warm - as best we can. We try not to focus on the unimaginable so that we don't become paralyzed by fear, and pray that we'll never be paralyzed by sorrow and loss brought on the coldness of the world beyond our warm, safe lives.
During this holiday season, I wish you health, safety and shelter from the storms of life. I wish you many opportunities to hold your loved ones close, if not literally, then across the miles, and infinite opportunities to count your blessings.
Bless the parents and the children.
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