Dear Father in heaven, please show your love, grace, and comfort all of these families who have lost their loved ones… Lovely, innocent children who have had their lives cut short by this madness. We pray for Your will to be done in this terrible situation. Come and heal the damage that has been caused to these lives and families.

The Cultural Columnist

This is Emily. She is my 6-year-old sister. Isn’t she beautiful? She has been such an important part of my life for six long years.

I can’t imagine getting a call saying there was a shooting at her elementary school and that she, along with nineteen of her little friends, didn’t make it.

My life would be changed forever.

But I would not suffer for myself. I would not yet grieve the remaining years without her presence. Not yet.

Because all I would be able to think about is how she didn’t make it home. How scared she must have been. How she must have missed me, my mother, my sister, my father, my dog. How badly she must have wanted to come home. I would have instantly felt her fear, her confusion, and her heartache. I would have felt what she never would: almost twenty years of life. Her…

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