The grief of the Connecticut shootings will be magnified over and over for the families with each anniversary not only of the shooting, but every birthday, religious holiday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation and wedding. There’s not much, other than prayer that we can do for them. But for some of us, there IS something you can do to alleviate the grief of your own family. Your actions are having similar effects on people who love you desperately. Because of some real or imagined injury, you have willingly torn yourselves away from your loved ones, slammed the door and burned the bridge. In effect, you are dead to them.
During this season, I encourage you to swallow your pride, extend or ask for forgiveness. Open the door, repair the bridge, make a difference. Rescue the grieving.