Remembering Victims Through Prayer

By Trillia Newbellprayer

I’m sitting in a coffee shop, enjoying a cup of warm coffee and a peanut butter cookie while reading reactions to the horror that occurred this week. I continue to live my happy, joy-filled life, hug my kids who are alive and well and kiss my husband.

I’ve read many of the stories and wept. I’ve thought through and prayed through many of the reactions and wept. Yet, in a week or two the blogs will move on, the newspapers will find another headline to print, and we will all forget. We’ve seen it happen over and over again. Tragedy strikes, everyone is in an uproar, the dust settles and we forget. We forget the victims; we forget those who are left mourning.

I’m without words about the tragedy. All I can do is pray, that’s all I have been doing.

But I ask; can we for once not forget?

Soon the tragedy and these beautiful kids’ lives will be turned into a political platform up for debate by pundits, pastors, bloggers, and the media. But I don’t want to forget the mother who gave birth to her child imagining that she would one day watch him walk across a stage to receive a diploma or play his favorite game. I don’t want to forget the father who once held his little daughter and gave her kisses and reminded her that the boogieman won’t harm her under the bed. I don’t want to forget the husband who kissed his wife in the morning as he sent her off to work  to lovingly care for her bright-eyed and busy pupils.

I don’t want to forget that these are real people, not just stories on my computer. They aren’t just stories in my newspaper or on my television. These are people who if they could, would be sitting in a coffee shop enjoying a peanut butter cookie and not mourning the death of their helpless child.

Let’s commit to putting these families on a prayer card and keeping them close to our hearts. Let’s commit to remembering them for as long as we can by carrying them in our prayers.

Would you join me in praying for these families?

Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. (Psalm 5:1-3)

 

 A List of the Victims names in the Connecticut shooting via CNN

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2 Comments to “Remembering Victims Through Prayer”

  1. Cristy S. says:

    Thanks for this, Trillia.
    In 2002, I bought a red metal bracelet that had a single New York City fireman’s name on it, a man who gave his life to try and rescue people trapped in the World Trade Center on September 11th. I made a commitment to pray for his family, and I’ve not forgotten it, nor will I forget Newtown. I will join you in praying for these families.

  2. admin says:

    What a wonderful idea, Cristy! Thank you for sharing and most importantly praying!