There’s a gathering happening …
… and you can be a part. It doesn’t matter if you’re in North Carolina or Hawaii. Connecticut governor Daniel P. Malloy has designated Friday, December 21 as a “Day of Mourning” for the state, asking residents to observe a moment of silence at 9:30 am Eastern time and all worship centers and government buildings, with the ability, to ring their bells 26 times in memory of the lives lost in Newtown. He also sent a letter to the governors of the other 49 states, asking them to declare similar events in their own states at 9:30 am local time. So far many, if not all, governors are making similar proclamations in their own states, including the governor of my state, Phil Bryant.
So what should we do at 9:30 Friday morning? The modern moment of silence is designed as a gesture of respect, usually to one who was tragically passed away. One minute is the most often used length of time where people can pray to God as they understand him (what I plan to do), or just be silent and reflect on what happened and how they can help improve their corner of the world. After that, I would suggest you start taking those steps you feel led to take whether it is writing your congressman to purchasing a bulletproof backpack.
By the way, here’s another really simple way to show support for those that survived. I plan on doing this with my kids, and the youth group of my church is planning on doing this too. Do you remember making those paper snowflakes in elementary school? I still love to make them! So Danger Boy, Ninja Cat and I will be making a few – or maybe more than a few – to answer this all directly from the CT PTA website:
Connecticut PTSA is deeply saddened by the tragedy that has struck our Newtown community. We have met with the PTA and community leaders in Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary to offer our assistance at this very difficult time. They have asked us to spearhead the following efforts on their behalf:
Snowflakes for Sandy Hook
Please help the students of Sandy Hook have a winter wonderland at their new school! Get Creative!! No two snowflakes are alike. Make and send snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013.
Speaking of, I do have to give major credit to the youth group in my church. They had their Wednesday night meeting as usual, with the food and the worship and the message. But after that they released 26 balloons, saying the name of each victim of the Newton shooting as their balloon was let go. I didn’t see it personally, but I know those kids. And I know they expressed their support for the Newtown community and had every one of those lives close to their heart.
What are you doing to support the Newtown community? Let me know.