This post is going to fall short of a pattern. I’m writing today because there’s a lot on my mind and I need to put something in writing so I know where I stand. Short of a week ago some mentally disturbed person took the lives of innocent children and teachers at an elementary school in Connecticut. This sad, sad, event has hit everyone in America (and the world) pretty hard. In the midst of joyful parents shopping late hours and long lines to put bright smiles on their children’s faces on Christmas morning, all plans for a joyous holiday season came to a screeching halt. I can not enjoy this holiday season knowing that these angels lost their precious, innocent lives and that their friends and family will never enjoy a holiday season again. This morning in my yoga class we were asked to reflect on something or someone we might want to dedicate our thoughts to today. These smiling children rushed into my brain, painting pictures of playground activities on a sunny, fall day. Probably a day much like one they enjoyed outside during recess just a bit earlier this year. As I lay in pose and dream of these kids on a beautiful day basking in the sun, I felt the sun brush my face and send warmth down to my toes and throughout my body. After the sun blessed me again and again I started to feel a sense of happiness come over me even in the midst of reflection. I took this as a sign of these children assuring me that they are playing in the sun today and that they are together and they are somewhere better, safer, waiting to be reunited with their moms and dads and brothers and sisters.
During the holidays we tell tales of angels and the heavens and joy in the world and peace on earth. This Christmas, more than any in my life, I am sure that those little angels got their wings, there is a better place that we will leave this earth and go to when we perish, we should never take joy in our lives for granted and we should certainly reflect on our happiness and thankfulness, especially at the holidays, and peace on earth…well, peace on earth is something that has unfortunately been tainted in todays world, but we should let these angels teach us that it is more important than the time we have taken to insure it, and we should be able to promise our children peace and safety on earth. This holiday, I will pray for peace on earth and peace in the heavens in memory of the little angels we lost.