Struggling to Find the Words

This morning, I took my time at home. I puttered around the house — accomplishing a few basic tasks of cleaning and preparing for the weekend. I did leave for a few minutes to head to the church for an hour to do some work and was back at the house by 1 pm. All morning, I had holiday music playing at home and the radio off in the car so I wasn’t paying attention to the news. In fact, it was pretty much a time of silence for me.

I turned on the TV only to find out what had happened in Connecticut.

The next hour and a half was dedicated to watching the news coverage. I watched news anchors, reporters, commentators, and finally The President struggle to find the words to explain or comfort on this horrific tragedy. Tears welled up in NBC News anchor Lester Holt live on air when the news arrived that most of the children killed were kindergarteners. President Obama paused repeatedly just to speak words of comfort for the nation.

I’ve been following along on Facebook and Twitter reaction to this awful event. Most of the comments are people trying to find the words to explain what they are feeling. Some were comments about gun control — both for and against. I find comments about this ill-timed.

Today, the words of Psalm 46:10 are in my head: ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’ put simply, don’t try to speak in times like these, just be quiet and know that I’m there. Words will fail so don’t speak . . . just rest in me.

I also read a blog that was well stated: (

“There will be many calls for greater gun control and more safety measures in schools after this. All well and good. But until we address the core of evil in the human soul–particularly when mental illness is also involved, we’ll never stop seeing horrific things like that.

I just weep as does anyone with any decency in them. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayers.”


Published by Matt

Creative Arts developer, planner, husband, and father. I direct choirs, make graphic art, and film, photograph and work daily to foster an experience with the Holy.

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