As the morning chill of December crept across the Newtown, Conn. landscape 26 families had their lives and their town torn apart by gun fire targeted at innocent elementary school children and staff. The Anniversary of that horrific day when Adam Lanza stalked and murdered 26, six and seven year old children and adult staff at Sandy Hook Elementary school has left an indelible imprint upon the survivor parents, and family members.
Now a year later the murderous mark of the psychologically deranged young man can still be felt on a town that is still working to heal. America itself is making that same attempt to again come to grips with how precious little children can have their lives literally torn from them and why this madman did this.
The words are hard to come by as some of the parents gathered on Monday to talk about what the town and the nation could do to help honor the memory of their lost. The creation of a website called http://mysandyhookfamily.org/ which depicts the photographs as well as some of the memories is but one way they are honoring the victims. They are also requesting that the focus of the Anniversary should be on acts of kindness is the better legacy that Americans should share, according to Reuters.
One of the parents described her tragic loss to Fox News of her six-year-old son Jesse Lewis. Looking at a literal shrine of paintings and photographs, Scarlett Lewis said, “He’s missed every day.”
Those heartfelt emotions are most likely replicated throughout the homes of parents and loved ones who have that heartbreaking day frozen in their mind. All of the children’s action figures and toys are warm memories which are still embraced. The smiling glances that radiate from photos on mantles and walls are gentle reminders of their glowing innocence.
Like many of the parents who are working hard to turn their sadness into something meaningful and lasting, Jesse’s parents are doing the same. According to Fox News, his parents have established the “Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation.” The goals are quite noble and they focus on educating children in how to deal with bullying, anger-management and even how to show compassion, suggests Fox News.
In the bible there is a verse which is quite meaningful and fitting for the Anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary horror. “And said unto him, Do you hear what these say? And Jesus said unto them, Yea; have you never read, Out of the mouth of babes and infants you have perfected praise?” Matthew 21:16.
This biblical verse further illuminates the memorable words that Jesse’s mother found written by Jesse, several days after the shooting. He had placed them on a kitchen chalkboard, said Fox News. They simply but profoundly said, “Nurturing, healing, love.”
These are the moving words from a six-year old that will help guide not just the kindness and love that the residents of Newtown are seeking, but the nation as a whole. “Nurturing, Healing, Love,” begins now.
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