It's kind of hard to think about my own weekend in terms of the good, the bad, and the ugly when that kind of "ugly" is so present.
A Bible verse that I have clung to when life is hard or overwhelmingly horrendous is Psalm 34:18
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
I know everyone who reads this will say that their thoughts and prayers are with that community. They definitely need those prayers. Another way to help is to donate.
Many bloggers throughout the United States, maybe beyond, are trying to help in this way:
On Tuesday, December 18th, there will be a blogger day of silence to remember and show support for the community of Newtown, CT.
Participating bloggers will post this button and that's pretty much it.. no blogging on that day.
Newtown Youth & Family Services.
Here is the official description of Newtown Youth & Family Youth organization:
Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit youth service bureau and mental health clinic dedicated to helping children & families achieve their highest potential. We provide programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area regardless of ability to pay.
Lots of blogs have mentioned that you should visit this page to donate to this organization. Donations may be mailed in, or you may use a credit card or your PayPal account on this page.
However, the donation information for Newtown Youth & Family Services is suggesting that donations go through United Way of Western Connecticut. You may access their donation page here.
Spread the word... use whatever means you have available to you... a blog... Facebook... email... Twitter... good old word of mouth... etc.
Let's do what we can to help.
We can't change what happened, but we can continue to pray for the families involved and we can donate money to help cover much needed emotional and therapeutic support.
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