There are times in our lives when we join with strangers to mourn. Tragedy has a way of bringing people together in a collective mourning that is full of sorrow and empathy. For most of us, these moments are embedded into our memories and we tend to remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. For my generation it is the memory of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. For the generation before me, it was the assignation of President John F. Kennedy.
In these times of tragedy, and so many that have come since, we have discovered that we come together as a nation, unified in our sorrow with heavy hearts. The news services are filled with stories of tragedy, death and loss, but also of heroism, and miracles. We are transfixed by the images and keep watch in hope for those involved as well as our own safety and the safety of those we love.
When these things happen and sadly, they always will, pause for a moment and offer a prayer. The power of our prayerful presence in times of chaos, disarray and panic help not only those who need it most, but also aid us in our own grief and sorrow. Don't distance yourself from these events. They affect us all in so many ways, it is imperative that we not ignore the emotions and feelings. They must be acknowledged and channeled into useful purpose.