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Prayer for Peace and Understanding

Posted on: December 17, 2012

It’s impossible to know why terrible things happen, especially when they happen in horrific ways. I cannot imagine the pain, grief, devastation the community of Newtown, CT and the parents who lost their children are feeling. Words do not comfort and the pain is acute.

Throughout the weekend there’s been a rally to amend gun control in the United States, comparison of the gun deaths in the United States verses countries like France and Great Britain.

The President gave two moving speeches reminding us that these senseless tragedies occur in the quite suburbs of Connecticut and on the mean streets of Newark, Chicago and in my neighborhood in Flatbush. The deaths are tragic and the violence is senseless. But, very rarely do we get to hear the call for better and more accessible mental health services, a factor in all of these tragic deaths. Today, like many people, I read this eye-opening account of one mother’s struggles with her teen-aged son’s mental illness. In “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother” the author recounts many painful incidences where her son threatened his own life and his mother’s.

I can’t begin to comprehend what it’s like to love a child who threatens your life. I can’t comprehend the loss of a child, mother, father, sister, brother, neighbor by gunfire. I can’t comprehend how parents are explaining this tragedy to their children. I can’t even say if Gd’s hand is in any of this…because how could he let this happen. I can only pray for peace that brings understanding.

I continue to send prayers to the families in Newtown, CT and the families of everyone who have lost loved ones to gun violence and mental illness.

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