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It has been a difficult week for our community. Ten days ago a teacher and two children, at a school about ten miles from my home, were shot as they exited their classroom to the playground. Six days ago one of the children, a little boy, died from blood loss and accompanying cardiac arrest and brain damage. Wednesday was his funeral.
Knowing that a sweet six-year-old boy died as a result of merely walking out from his classroom to recess is a sadness that just won't leave me, or many others in our area. An innocence has been shattered from the entire community. This should not have happened. Our safety really is an illusion.
I have many more thoughts, some already shared in a previous post, and more to come. But for now, here are some positives from a sad week for our town, county, state, and really our world.
1. The little boy loved attending Good News Club at school, and going to Sunday school at a church that we are familiar with. That is a sweet fact to know about his life.
2. The point man for this entire tragedy is a fine pastor that we know well. His children went to our school. He has been a faithful pastor at the same church for many years. He loves God and could address the people in the funerals and services with an eternal perspective. That is a great blessing.
3. The little boy loved superheroes. People wore superhero T-shirts to his funeral, and all over the area, people wore the same outfits to school, work, and out in public. There has been a great show of support for the family, school, and community. The tragedy has really brought people together.
4. In other matters: Last Friday I got three shots in my lower back to relieve the low-grade back pain and sciatica that I have dealt with for many years. The pain management doctor is very good. He said the relief would not be immediate, but that over the next few weeks I should note some improvement. That would be great.
5. And finally: Last Saturday Mike hung all my bird feeders, bought 50# of seed, filled the feeders, and trimmed the overhanging branches. Let the migration begin, and let the winter birds start finding us!