Today the news was pelted with another story about a shooting at a high school. As I listened to the news I was driving between the grocery store and home. I noticed that I drove past 4 schools, 1 high school, 1 middle school and 2 elementary schools. I imagined all of the children nestled in their classrooms. Earlier in the day parents rushed through their Monday routine to get their week off to a great start.
As the parents said good-bye to their children I am sure they all envisioned the safety of classrooms, classmates and faculty. How could a world like this be shattered with senseless violence? I cannot imagine the agony of everyone involved in such a senseless act.
Our future is swaying in the balance right now. Our children deserve a childhood filled with love and laughter. Safety should not be a preoccupation for their active minds. We have to be a better society. Have electronics separated us from our children? Do you know what your kids are thinking? feeling? Who are their friends? If they are hurting inside, would you know? Would you know what to do?
I want to strongly encourage all of us to reach out to ALL of the young people around us. They need us. Children need role models. Children need love. Children need the safety to blossom and grow. Please take a moment and think about the young minds you encounter. We can all make a difference…reach out.
Children are a blessing from God. They are our future. We can do this.