They were people like you and me.
Students left the safety of their homes to attend school for a better future. The teachers were there to help guide them to that purpose.
It never crossed their minds that on that particular day their lives would change forever.
When we leave our homes, how many of us think that we’ll never return?
I think, none of us.
Our lives have been changed by a horrific tragedy that happened in Parkland, Florida.
Seventeen people lost their lives and another fifteen were injured, some struggling in hospitals to survive.
It must have been overwhelming for families to wait; transfixed on hearing news of whether or not their family member, child or spouse was okay.
It’s a scenario that’s happening too often.
The losses of innocent people has burdened us with heavy hearts.
I hear these news reports and it paralyzes me. I can’t believe the hate.
The angry feelings that can well-up inside someone to bring them to that level of the destruction of lives.
These are criminals with lack of empathy for others. Monsters who have little regard for human life.
When will this end?
How will it be stopped?
To all who are suffering from this tragedy of lives lost in Parkland, Florida:
May your troubled hearts find peace and comfort in the knowledge that you are not alone.
May God’s presence ease your trembling spirit and give you rest.
He is there to cast sunlight into all of your darkened shadows,
to send encouragement through the love of friends and family,
and to replace your weariness with new hope.
Blessings to All …
2018©Isadora De La Vega
John Lennon – Imagine