To the Mother…

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To the Mother who packed her child’s lunch yesterday, not knowing he might not eat it.

To the Mother who fixed her child’s hair, not knowing those strands of hair would be the last to grace the brush.

To the Mother who dropped her child off at school, not knowing the horror that awaited.

To the Mother who has presents stored in secret that will not be opened this Christmas.

To the Mother who had to drive to the school wondering if her child might not be there.

To the Mother who has to wrestle with cameras and news people while grieving.

To the Mother whose world has forever been changed by this tragedy.

I pray that in the coming days you will have someone to hold your hand.

I pray that you will have someone to weep with.

Someone who will read Psalm 23 or Psalm 121 to you.

Someone who will remind you of the Truth – when your mind wants to go places it shouldn’t.

I pray that you will sense His presence with you every second of every awful minute.

I pray that you will be overwhelmed by an outpouring of kindness and support from the Church.

And because this happened at the time it did, I pray that Christmas will not be ruined for you.

That from now on this season will not be one marked by pain and suffering.

But instead I pray that God will use this season to remind you of His presence among us.

Comfort that our Savior is HERE.

He came.

He came to conquer evil.  To overcome death.  To destroy the enemy.

This tiny baby…  This child…  He came at Christmas to rescue us… to bring peace, love, and hope…

Hope that one day we will be celebrating His second coming in eternity.

With no weeping, no hurting, no suffering, no violence, and no pain.

To the Mother in Newtown, Connecticut, I pray these things.

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.

He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.” Isaiah 9:2,6-7

*Looking for more HOPE?  Check out this amazing post about the Sandy Hook tragedy at Holy Experience…*

24 thoughts on “To the Mother…

  1. Thank you very much for sharing your prayers. My heart prays the same! Esp that the church will surround them with love and support and patience in their grief.

  2. My husband is a pastor, and I wondered if he could have permission to use this at our Children’s Christmas program tomorrow? It’s a small church of about 100 members, in Flint, MI… United Methodist. Thanks for writing this. It’s touched us both to the core., Jenny (regular reader.,.., love your site!)

    Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 14:01:21 +0000 To:

    • As another pastor’s wife, and as someone in children’s ministry, might I suggest that this is surely worth sharing with the adults in your congregation, but is perhaps too weighty for children to hear. Parents vary in how much info they want their kids to receive and many may not want the burden of this put on their children. I would not. Please let’s protect our kids’ hearts from fear as much as possible. Perhaps another way could be found to share Julie’s compassionate words with the adults in your church family. :o)

  3. Great entry Julie!

    From a mom’s heart to others, I pray the power of the Most High will overshadow every mom whose heart is breaking. Pray with me they will be able to see through their sorrow to the one The Lord brings alongside them. He always places someone beside us to help us go through a trial. May His love envelope each family. Luke 1:35; Romans 15:30;

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  4. From a mother’s heart to others whose hearts are broken, may the power of the Most High overshadow you. Luke 1:35. May your mother’s heart awaken when The Lord sends someone alongside you to help you in this trial and He will. He is faithful and will never let us go it alone. Romans 15:30. May broken hearts be able to look upward for their Help,then be able to walk once more. Genesis 13: 14, 17. Give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, O Lord, my God. Hear the cry and the prayer your servant is praying in Your presence. 2 Chronicles 6:19. Help us to see the Light of Jesus on this darkness. From the heart, Vickie Sent from my iPhone

  5. I know what it is like to lose a child and grandchild through tragedy. We never get over the lose, but God gives us the PEACE needed to endure and keep the FAITH! He is a good God and will sustain us through all circumstances no matter what happens in our lives. Life is short for some, but it does not compared to ETERNITY. I am so grateful for church families, friends and a loving family who wrapped their arms around us during our lose and pray for the same for these families! May God grant them PEASE and COMFORT during these next days as they struggle with much uncertainty in such a useless tragedy and loss!

  6. From a mother’s heart to another’s I pray the power of the Most High will overshadow eachother whose heart has been broken. Luke 1:35. I pray each mother will be able to see through her sorrow to the one The Lord will bring alongside her and He will! He never let’s us go through a struggle alone. Romans 15:30. Give attention to this servant’s prayer and my plea for mercy,O Lord, my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in Your presence. 2 Chronicles 6:19. May your Light Lord shine through this darkness. May these parents be given the strength to once more look up then go walk. Genesis 13: 14,17. Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit says The Lord. Zechariah 4:6. from the heart, Vickie

  7. Beautifully said. May God grant His peace, which surpasses all understanding, to all the mothers and families in this time of loss and uncertainty. Those who lost a child as well as those who didn’t, but must continue sending their children to school, and those of us who must explain to our children what happened. We all need His peace and grace.

  8. Your words are simple but yet speak straight into a Mother’s heart….only God can understand her grief, her pain, her desperation, but also only God can truly help to heal her heart and help her to move forward and follow him so she can be reunited with her child again!

  9. Julie, I have been checking The Happy Home Fairy since yesterday because I knew the Lord would speak through a profound way. Your beautiful prayer for the heartbroken mothers who lost their innocent babies is truly from our Heavenly Father. Thank you for blessing so many lives with your blog.

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  11. My heart and soul go out to all of those parents and family members affected by the shooting in CT on Friday. I cried along with many other caring Americans across the country. Indeed, God is with you during this most tragic time. Do not lose faith. Keep it strong for your child. God bless each and every one of you.

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