12.14.2012

Hope For A Heavy Heart

Today was too much. Today wasn't just weighty; it was dark. How else do you explain such evil?

There's nothing on TV that can give my heart what it really needs, yet I was so tempted to tune in for the details...to be in the know, to see if I could make any sense of this. I must have tried a dozen times before I finally accepted that we had no signal. {Perks of living in the country.}

Since I couldn't listen to talking heads fumble around in the darkness, I went to my room, lit a few candles, curled up in a ball, and talked to the One who sees the larger story. His light in the darkness is my hope.


Jesus, please rescue us from the darkness...just as You did so many Christmases ago. May Your rescue come quickly...especially for the families who lost their children today.

I don't have all the right words; I just wanted to link hearts on a dark day. Here are wiser words from two well-known authors: 
And a song that feels more like a prayer:
Praying for light in the darkness,

20 comments:

  1. I know Linsey, I know...it's unfathomable. As I checked a few of the blogs I usually read, and found no other kindred hearts somber, I thought, "I know Linsey's thinking about this, and talking about it" So thank you. Thank you for curling up in a ball too, and talking with God about the darkness. It's right to pause, to be somber, and to mourn with those who mourn. I'm sure you hugged your girls a little (or a lot) tighter tonight, like we did our kids.

    I have a phrase I say to God on dark days, "You're good; this day and any day."

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    1. Sweet Lori, I'm honored that you would think of me and am thankful I had something to offer. I didn't expect to write anything, but at the very end of the day (late in the night actually), a few words bubbled up.

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  2. Your words are exact Linsey. How heart breaking - praying for those families. xo

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  3. This time is so so unbelievably sad. I feel that the entire nation morns with those who lost their precious ones yesterday. I have been as you crying and holing up and hugging my own sweet girls close to me. As a former kindergarten teacher and a mother of a kindergartener I can't even begin to imagine how the families in Newtown are feeling. I know that none of us can fathom this. In all of it, however, I know that God is in this. He is in the hands and feet and hearts of all who are there helping this community and in the heart of this nation as we all mourn the lives of these innocent. Thank you for posting the words of Max Lucado and Ann Voscamp. I join you in prayer for these families and community memembers who lost their children yesterday. May God bring them peace in this time that surpasses any understanding.
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    1. I'm with you...can't imagine or fathom the pain. All I know is that there is always hope in the darkness, even when we can't see it. Praying these families will feel the Lord drawing very near to them, just as He promises.

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  4. Linsey, my husband is a teacher and at times like these we talk about the horror the adults in the building must have felt, the helplessness, the failure to protect. Teachers take their jobs seriously, they understand the responsibility and trust parents put in them everyday. This school and community will never be the same, but maybe, just maybe we can help them feel loved. In a month, in a year we need to still be praying.

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    1. You are so right about needing to persevere in prayer. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. You are so welcome. Words fall short, don't they?

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  6. The horror of yesterday is just too much to comprehend. My heart is so heavy and so full of deep sorrow. I know God can bring peace but today I am just so, so sad. I am letting dirty soccer cleats walk across my floor, I am turning a blind eye to crabby moods and dramatic antics. I am just so grateful that my children and my husband are home and they are safe. My heartfelt prayers are with those in Newtown.

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    1. Yes to letting things go today. I'm with you.

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  7. my thoughts exactly.....
    didn't tune in beyond about 10 minutes because it was too horrific to watch and listen to.
    i felt like i could honor those families more by praying in solitude and asking God on their behalf to bring his peace and comfort the way only He can.

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    1. Amen, sister. We are kindred spirits.

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  8. oh me too dear friend
    oh Jesus..
    it is almost to much to bear
    xoxo

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  9. Beautiful sentiments, Linsey. I had to turn the TV off because I was crying so hard.

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  10. I have cried and prayed and cried. The pain, the evilness, the utter horror of it all is incomprehensible.

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  11. Amen and amen! Such evil from the pit of hell..May the God of all Comfort bring His presence to these broken-hearted families. There are no words.. only tears and prayers...

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  12. Just unbelievable. All we can do is pray.

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  13. So very sad. An act of incomprehensible evil. Praying for everyone -parents, rescue workers, teachers, children - everyone. May God bring them comfort.

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  14. A lovely post Lins! I cried and cried on Saturday and sat in a stupor. A weight just too big, heavy and dark has been hanging over me ever since. I dropped my own sweet girl off at her school this morning with tears in my eyes, but trying to act strong for her. Such a scary world we live in today. Sharing love with each other seems most important right now.

    LOVE to you and your sweet family.

    xo~
    Tricia

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