Category Archives: Tragedy

My Heart is Hurting

My older son is far more perceptive than I give him credit for. I sometimes think I can listen to NPR when we’re driving and he won’t pick up on the news being broadcast. But he does. And it breaks his heart as it does mine. A train accident. Hundreds of people killed by a bombing. An avalanche. And he always responds the same way,

“Mom, did you hear what he just said? He said that hundreds of people are dead. Mom…that’s not right.”

No, Baby. It’s not right.

So today when I heard the news come on again telling about the school shooting that is so close to our home, I turned it off before I had to hear the details again. My heart hurts for those parents who sent their children off to school as any normal day and received news that would alter their world. By the grace of God it did not turn into a massacre. My heart hurts for the mother of the shooter. I cannot imagine the grief that must be in her heart tonight. God, help us.

I turned it off because I’m a coward. I didn’t want to answer my son’s questions. How do I explain this kind of thing to him? Because I will have to eventually. God, help me.

No, Baby. It’s not right.