Shaken

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It’s been three long days since the horrific tragedy that took place.

And I am still shaken.

So many amazing and beautiful innocent lives taken…

One cannot process the madness of it all.

One act that affected so many.

When President Obama spoke last night at the Interfaith Vigil and read the names of the deceased, I felt emotion swallowing me whole all over again.

My heart hurts for these families who lost their loved ones and swells with grief thinking of their loss.

I didn’t want to write about this, but I cannot stop thinking about the sickness of it all…

Pioneer Woman posted the prayer of St. Francis on her Facebook page the other day and I have been reciting the words and finding some comfort, despite the pain.

I’ll continue to picture all of the innocent victims in heaven wrapped warmly in Gods’ love… and take comfort from this prayer.

The Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
 Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

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