Saturday, July 23, 2011

Heartbreak in Norway

It was the early hours of the morning when I learned of the insurmountable loss of life in Norway. A deadly bombing in Oslo followed just a few hours later by a massacre on Utoya Island. Last I heard 85 people mostly youth, between the ages of 13 and 19 were hunted down and shot like animals. All those children, innocence lost. It is a sad day for humankind. It is hard to comprehend, to wrap my head around. He approached the island dressed in a police uniform and called to others to gather round. They were already on edge after hearing the news of the bombing in Oslo just a few hours prior. They were looking for news, to understand what had happened. To know their loved ones were okay. He opened fire. He chased them down. They were trapped on an Island. How does this happen? I tossed and turned trying to sleep but couldn't stop thinking of all of those families who have lost their babies and for what?

It can't be for nothing. There is something to be learned here. I just wish I knew what it was that we the human race need to take away from this tragedy. The loss of human life. The loss of children whose lives are over before they truly began. Never to reach their potential. I pray for their families to get to a place where they can hold the memories dear, when they bring a smile to their faces rather than tears to their eyes. The pain of losing a child never diminishes but we do become stronger over time and the memories become a gift that can never be taken away.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Norway and especially the families who have lost loved ones.  Perhaps they will turn the Island of Utoya into a memorial garden for all those beautiful angels.

Hold your children tight; let them know how much they are loved. It is a day to keep them a little closer and to cherish all that they are. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by children and their innocence. They are our future.

© 2011 Rhonda

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