Yes, I rode to work today.
And, it seemed like another warm December day.
And, then I heard the news. There had been another school shooting here in the United States of America. Last I heard there were twenty-six dead, twenty of them young school children.
Things like this effect me. I don't know if they effect me more than others, but I know they effect me, effect me deeply.
My heart hurts.
Every time I think of the murdered children I think of mine own now grown children and my heart weeps for the loss of these young lives. I can imagine what it would be like to lose my child to this violence and I tremble.
Every time I think of the murdered children I can't help but think of the parents who will forever be broken, and my heart breaks.
Tonight on the ride home there were more horns honking then normal. Perhaps it was simply the "Holiday Cheer" manifesting itself in the ways it often does this time of year, but I'd like to think it was in response to an anxious need to get home as soon as possible, to get home and hug close loved ones suddenly not taken for granted.
It is a wondrous and gracious world...and, it is a dangerous world and cruelly unfair world. The world is what it is. Please, be safe. And, take nothing and no one for granted.