The snow is gently falling and covers the streets. Church bells are ringing and colored lights twinkle in the morning mist. It is Christmas Day. In a house nearby, the lights on the Christmas tree are burning and shine on the packages below. Nearby there is a table set for the feast to celebrate this day.
Soon we notice that one of the packages under the tree is left unopened. One of the chairs at the dining room table is vacant. You may think that we are going to hear Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol.” No, this is Newtown, Conn. This is the family of one of the young victims or adults whose life was ended in a very tragic way. They are one of the 26 families that will have an unopened gift and an empty chair at the table.
Most of us have heard or read about the shooting at Sandy Hook School, and feel a deep sadness that this happened again. It seems to me that we have had too many of these type of tragedies.
Having lost a daughter due to illness many years ago, I understand how a parent can feel and the emptiness never goes away. To have your loved one taken in such a senseless act is more than I can imagine.
I believe that we have a number of problems facing our country and this is a huge one. We need to start a meaningful discussion and it should start now, before another tragedy occurs. I don’t care which side of the gun battle you stand on, we cannot waste more time ignoring this subject. The next event could be just around the corner.
Please pray for the children, the adults and their families.