Even those of us that live under rocks heard about the horrors at Virginia Tech today. Hubby and I had a rough night and morning today. But when he came into my office and told me to look at the story, it put things in a rather blunt perspective.
My Niece goes to VTech. She is an incredible girl and I never tell her that. I couldn't get my brother (her dad) on the phone. I couldn't get my other sister on the phone. My parents (who summer in Roanoke) were at a wedding in upstate New York. I called my mom as my dad spoke to my brother on the other cell phone. My niece is alive and fine. I found her online later and IM'd her. I started crying as I typed how much I love her and how I can't believe I don't tell her that all the time and would have died if anything had happened to her. She told me that she had jumped in her car and high-tailed it to her off-campus apartment.
I have thanked God quite a lot today.
My Niece is a beautiful, thoughtful, godly woman. While she sat there glued to her TV and laptop (much like most of us older folks did on 9/11), her first thoughts were to ask me to pray for all of the families. Done! I sent an email to my pastor and his wife as soon as I heard. Let the prayer chains begin.
These families - I can't even imagine. My fractured marriage seems a small slice of heaven right now. We are all whole and safe.
Please join me - in whatever way you might - to pray for the families of the kids that were killed in the prime of their youth. Please pray for the other students who made it and will deal with survival guilt, shock and anxiety - to name just a few. Please pray for the staff members who will have to deal with the aftermath and insecurity and probably survivor guilt as well.
Roanoke is a beautiful sleepy little city. It is the seat of some of God's purest beauty. This will be something that will shake that whole community. Pray that God can use his people in that area to offer whatever can be offered.
Thank you God for covering My Niece with your protection. Be with all of the families that have lost someone today. Give them the comfort that only You can give. Oh God, I just sent my heart out to them. Fill them with your Holy Spirit and help them however they each need.