In light of the latest news, we all may be at a loss for words; what to tell our children, our neighbors, even ourselves.
Cross of Calvary will be hosting a Prayer Vigil this evening (Dec. 16th) at 7:00 pm to remember the victims and families of the tragedies in OR and CT. All are welcome.
Sometimes there are no words, but prayer, reflection, and the loving hand of a friend are all we need.
Also, for any of you that may be questioned about this by children, Fred Rogers has a great article here regarding tragic things in the news.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
Praying for peace, hope and comfort to all.
In deepest night, in darkest days,
when harps are hung, no songs we raise,
when silence must suffice as praise,
yet sounding in us quietly
there is the song of God.
When friend was lost, when love deceived,
dear Jesus wept, God was bereaved;
so with us in our grief God grieves,
and round about us mournfully
these are the tears of God.When through the water winds our path,
around us pain, around us death:
deep calls to deep, a saving breath,
and found beside us faithfully
there is the love of God.
— Susan Palo Cherwien (ELW 699)