Following a School Shooting…

Heart of CandlesFellow mamas and papas whose hearts, like mine, are walking around outside your bodies on a daily basis: my arms are wrapped around you, and we are huddled around a candle together, shuddering against the cold and keeping each other warm. We are looking for the helpers on the news so we can remember that hope comes in human form. We are praying kyrie eleison.

I don’t know if it is biological imperative or insanity that leads us to bring innocent, perfect, beautiful babies into this brutal world, but it takes a whole lot of hope and courage to keep doing this gig. We just keep letting them leave our wombs and our homes and our sanctuaries despite all that we know about brutality and terror and violence, because we are brave and we want our children to be. Because we know love wins. I salute all of you today and all days, my fellow broken-hearted, hopeful, courageous and beautiful parents. God bless you all, and keep you; you and your children.

For more information about how to help your children in the wake of this shooting, go to this link:

Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting

I will post more information from the UUA when it comes out.

In grief and love,


2 thoughts on “Following a School Shooting…”

  1. Thank you Robin for articulating so well how so many of us must feel. My good friend Jen Brown forwarded the link to this to me and I am so thankful. God Bless you and us all.

  2. Welcome, Corinne! I’m so glad you have found us and that these words spoke to you. You are wlecome to join us in church any time, if you haven’t already. Blessings to you and yours this Christmas and all year.

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