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Like many Americans, the Connecticut shooting really shook me up. Days later, I’m still processing this awful event. I begin my student teaching experience on January 7th, and I already know a lot of my students. If 18 of them died, I would be heartbroken. If the teachers that I worked with died, I would be heartbroken. if I were anywhere in that situation, I would be heartbroken.

I don’t know what to say about what “we need to do” in response. I don’t know what to say about gun control or improving the access to care for mental illness. I have strong opinions about both of those concerns, but I don’t know how my opinions factor into this situation.

I do know that this is a situation where the only true answers, those answers that help those of us struggling to comprehend this tragedy, can only come from God. I have been praying for these victims, for the town of Newton, for anyone affected by the shooting, and for anyone who doesn’t know how to react to this event.

What makes this especially sad is that today is Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent where we are supposed to be joyous and excited for Christ’s birth. Hope, joy, and rejoicing are not things that many people are associating with this weekend. But God will carry us through this, and every other tragedy thrown our way.

God bless all of you.


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