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Finding Peace

It’s with a heavy heart today that we reflect on the tragedy that struck the once-quaint town of Newtown, Connecticut last week. So many of us have hearts that are aching; filled with a gamut of emotions including sorrow, sadness, anger, and hurt. Throughout our nation, people are aching for the loss of the precious children, their school mentors, and the family and friends left behind. In times like these, it’s tough to know what to say. It’s even more difficult to know what to do. Feelings of loss and helplessness can overcome us.

A friend shared these words with me recently and although I can’t cite the source, I’ve found the message to be comforting:

“…The very brokenness, the lump, the silent inexpressible grief arising in our collective soul reminds us that we human beings long for something purer than the isolated selfish ways we normally live. When pushed by calamity we want to live with our better selves… Let us hold each other up even as we weep. Let us step out into the darkness, light a candle, say a prayer, forgive, reach out, put our children on the bus, and risk love. We have no alternative. There is no grand scheme; only small actions that light the path, dispel the darkness, and offer renewal.”

This holiday season, please LOVE one another. As Mother Teresa said,

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”

When each one of us takes a small action to LOVE the people in our world, we are lighting the path, dispelling the darkness, and offering renewal.

God Bless each and every one of you.

With Love, Encouragement, and Hope,

Susie Dahlmann

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