As a nation we have suffered with the families at Newtown, Conn. Twenty-seven needlessly lost their lives with 20 being children ages of 6 and 7. More than 600 other children at Sandy Hook Elementary lost their innocence and will be scarred by what they experienced.

As a nation we have suffered with the families at Newtown, Conn. Twenty-seven needlessly lost their lives with 20 being children ages of 6 and 7. More than 600 other children at Sandy Hook Elementary lost their innocence and will be scarred by what they experienced.

I couldn’t count the number of times prayer was mentioned. Teachers inside the school huddled with students and prayed. Family members, awaiting word about loved ones, prayed. Churches were opened and townspeople gathered and prayed. Not once did we hear a complaint because of religious differences or because of a lack of belief in an eternal being. It is sad that this is acceptable behavior only in the case of trauma or deepest sorrow.

Many ask why. It appears more and more that life is trivialized. Video games become more and more violent. Success from one game level to the next is predicated on the number of kills or body counts. The deaths are graphic.

Our children hear us debate whether a manger scene can be displayed or whether the word “holiday” should be used rather than “Christmas.” Little babies in the womb are considered a choice as to whether they survive or be terminated. Lawsuits continue compounding with regards to the Ten Commandments being displayed on courthouse walls. One of these commandments states “Thou shalt not kill."

It is imperative we acknowledge that there are absolutes. We will not survive, our children will not survive if we live in the murky grays. There are things solidly entrenched in the foundation of this nation that must be preserved.

Our children need balance. The world brings chaos, destruction and doubt, but faith, hope in a divine being, striving to understand who we are, thinking of others rather than ourselves gives us purpose and makes life worth living. Once you move from self to others, the light of the spirit warms us and takes the place of discontent. Our mission with our time here on Earth, is to “succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down and strengthen the feeble knee.” We no longer can be self-serving, self-justifying. We must move outside the walls of our homes. There is no place for selfish endeavors. Our children look to us, they emulate us. They deserve and need to feel of our love and be taught to share. We must not be so quick to react, so quick to judge. Each child needs our time and devotion.

On the very day of the Sandy Hook disaster, I heard broadcasters and journalists say “Go home tonight and hug your children.” May it not take a horrific occurrence for us to hug our children. We cannot, we must not wait. To the families, to all of us that weep and feel the loss at Sandy Hook, we can make it “through.”

When I saw what lay before me Lord
I cried what will I do.
I thought He would just remove it
But He gently led me through.
Without fire, there’s no refining.
Without pain, no relief.
Without flood, there’s no rescue.
Without testing, no belief.

Through the fire, through the flood;
Through the water, through the blood.
Through the dry and barren places;
Through life’s dense and maddening mazes;
Through the pain and through the glory.
Through will always tell the story
Of a God who’s power and mercy
Will not fail to take us through.

May we always unashamedly pray for our nation, for each other, in our schools and may we truly hug our children.