It Could Have

It could have happened at my neighborhood theater…

It could have been one of my neighbors with guns…

It could have been my community’s teens, college students, young adults in the cloud of smoke…

It could have been my nieces and nephews huddled in fear…

It could have been my kids’ friends running in terror …

It could have been MY SON or MY DAUGHTER who died…

My thoughts and prayers are with those who witnessed the Aurora tragedy and survived, the families and friends who mourn those who were killed, the first repsonders and all the community servants who will help in the aftermath, the shooter and his family and all those who will be part of the process of seeking justice now, the immediate community, national and international communities- we all are affected by this horrible event, diminished by the loss of life and by the stark reminder of the existence of evil in our world…

May we also be reminded of the existence of good in our world, seek to comfort and uplift one another, build strong relationships with our loved ones, get to know our neighbors, open our eyes and hearts to people around us who might be struggling, remind ourselves it is a small world and we are all connected…

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16 Responses to It Could Have

  1. Ramona says:

    Thank you for this thoughtful post. You managed to capture the thoughts of many. Thanks for reminding us to focus on positive actions we can all take.

  2. Derci says:

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  3. margaretsmn says:

    These words jumped out at me, “open our eyes and hearts to people around us who might be struggling.” No one should live in a bubble and be able to do what this person did without anyone thinking something was amiss. We must live in community. We must love each other. We must be healers and not haters. We are all grieving. Thanks for your post.

  4. You definitely captured the thoughts of most of us this week. It’s a reminder to tell be aware that the struggles of others are often unnoticed – until late in their angst.

  5. I am so glad it wasn’t in your community! You captured much that is good here, & I wish that others would take note of those around us who are struggling. It’s so sad to me that no one noticed this young man and what he was preparing. Thank you!

  6. To your every “could have been” I nod yes and add my prayers.

  7. elsie says:

    Horrors and tragedies have us grasping to hold our dear ones closer. Thanks for expressing this so eloquently.

  8. It could have been . . . Scary that it could have been closer to our home – wherever home may be. I love your last paragraph searching for the positive, reminding us of the good, and connecting us together. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  9. Lory says:

    You eloquently said what I was thinking.

  10. uiwpwendy says:

    I love that you ended your thoughtful post with a reminder to open our hearts and build relationships.

  11. This was a moving piece of writing. My son is living in Denver and calls it home. I hope we can all continue to pray for this community and all whose lives have been changed in an instant.

  12. You painted a very moving word picture. I think about the grief and loss. The pain – physical, emotional and financial. This young man destroyed so many lives. The lives of people who had never ever harmed him. I like the comment of one relative, when he said lets keep our focus on the victims and not on the shooter.

    My prayers go out to all who are hurting including the shooters family. They are also victims of this young man.

  13. Carol Wilcox says:

    This has definitely been a long, hard week in Denver. Thanks for your prayers!

  14. No matter what happens, we are all here to help each other along. Thanks for sharing that thinking.

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