It’s a question that’s been haunting me for a few months now.
My friend, Amanda, lost her beautiful daughter, Amelia, to a tragic and senseless automobile accident earlier this year, and this has been a recurring question for her and so many that love Amelia ever since. Now, in the wake of tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, the circle of people asking this question continues to widen.
The wonderful Fred Rogers was a vegetarian, and I heard it recalled at one point that his rule for himself was that he wouldn’t eat anything that had a mother. Likewise, I appeal to anyone with the power to exert lethal effects on another human to consider adopting a similar philosophy of not bringing harm to anyone who ever had a mother.
It was Fred Rogers who also recounted “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” We see these helpers in every news reel and in every photo. We see people crying alongside the grieving, and we see people reaching out with their hearts and hands to help in whatever way they are able. Let’s be helpers and support each other with our love and prayers.
“How am I suppose to go on?” I’m no closer to an answer, but I can tell you that these “left behind” people need our love, support, and patience as they struggle to answer this question for themselves. At least that’s my take on it, and I hope yours is similar. Tomorrow Begins Today.