When I heard the tragic news about the shooting that took place in a small town in Connecticut, I was brought to tears.
Like many, my immediate thought was, “How could this have happened?”
Sadly, these words  are being spoken more and more frequently by those of us find situations like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut incomprehensible.
Only two days ago, innocent people lost their lives in Portland, Oregon to a lone gunman.
Today I am saddened beyond belief.  I grieve for the children whose lives ended far too soon. My heart aches for the parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters who lost a family member.
The loss of the teachers whose words were cut short is beyond comprehension.
I can’t even imagine what the long term effect is for the children who witnessed a madman leaving his mark in their mind, body and spirit forever.
Some spiritual beliefs contend that what we see in others is a part of who we are. I DO NOT agree.
There are millions upon millions of people who would never, could never, commit such heinous crimes.
There is evil in the world. There are those who are circuited differently than the rest of us. There are some whose actions are purely wicked. There is no way to make light of such sinister behavior.
What I know to be true is this; some things we cannot stop, control or change. I also know that there are those of us who know there HAS to be a better way.
For those who claim to be living a conscious life, now is the time to stop talking about it and live it.
Every moment of every day we must be willing to stand in the space of love. We must be willing to extend a helping hand. We must be willing to risk looking the fool. We must be willing to walk the talk.
Each of us must do what we can to bring light and love to dark situations.
I am so heartbroken for the families, loved ones and children whose lives are changed forever by the evil acts of one man.
Since hearing of today’s tragedy, as well as the tragedy that took place in Portland only two days ago, I have been in a state of constant prayer.
My prayer is that those who say they are here to make the world a better place will stand in this space and be the light the world so desperately needs.
Whether it be a kind word to a stranger, a dollar in the hand of a homeless person, a blanket for a child who’s body is chilled, a ride for the elderly person who is home bound, and prayers, oh yes prayers, for the spirits of men and women everywhere regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, age or socioeconomic standing, please, I beg you please, do what you can to bring light to the lives of others.
Please post short thoughts and prayers for those suffering everywhere.