Prayers. Love. Peace.

by Marla on December 17, 2012 · 10 comments

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Today as you pay visits to your favorite bloggers you will see many participating in a day of peace. A day to honor lives lost and pray for humans broken. Broken. That is such an awful word that resounds over and over in my head. To lose a loved one to such violence as what unfolded in Newtown, Connecticut is unspeakable.

The peaceful Sandy Hook Elementary School will never be the same…nor will any school for that matter. One persons actions resound through the universe.

When I look at photos of the little children and adults who passed to the heavens I shudder…

What you see in these photos is my favorite necklace. I wear it daily. It protects, a sort of talisman

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Or at least I like to think it protects. I give it a firm tug when I need help. I ring the bell when I need to remind myself that all is OK.

I tug the wing ~ the angels wing.

It lifts me up, frees me, or I pretend it does. We all deal with grief & distress differently.

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I pretend to turn the key. It locks doors from the past. It unlocks the mystery of the future.

It frees me from feeling trapped within. The skulls remind me of our mortality.

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The blue crystals ~ clarity. The color is pure, bright, glowing beauty.

They symbolize a cooling nature very different from my fire personality.

I crave the coolness to tone down my spice…

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Unfortunately a tug of my necklace or a ringing of the tiny bell would have done nothing if I was in Sandy Hook Elementary that day. Six women and twenty 6 & 7 year old children lost their right to live a beautiful life here on earth.

My kids are 9 & 6. Thankfully they are here with us today. I will prepare breakfast for them. Wake them from a peaceful sleep. Help them dress for school. Send them off hoping for a safe day with hugs and kisses. Expecting them to return to me with big smiles & stories at the end of the day.

I will tuck them into bed, read to them and pray for another beautiful day together. I will pray for the people of Newtown, CT.

That’s what we all hope for right? The right to peace, health and love.

We push evil out of our minds because it is too awful to understand. We all face sadness and disappointment in life. All of us. 

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For me silence is tough, I need to talk things out. I need to move, think, process and talk some more.

Blessings to all of you, my beautiful readers. Today I would love to hear how you handle difficult times, grief, sadness and death.

Is it faith, religion a higher power or something else that helps get you through?

Here is the image you will see around the web today. Thank you for letting me share my thoughts here on this special space with you today and everyday.

God Bless…

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1 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 17, 2012 at 7:22 am

Marla this post is beautiful and I think I’ve seen this necklace on you in person? I love hearing your tender words and thoughts about the meaning of it and as a mom, I know this just shakes our reality to the core. Hugs to you guys!

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2 Marla December 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I think you have seen me wearing it Averie. Thanks for being such a great friend. Take care of that sweet family of yours – and have them take care of you too!! xo

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3 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl December 17, 2012 at 8:30 am

What a beautiful post, Marla. I love learning the story behind your necklace. Give your little ones a big squeeze. xo

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4 Marla December 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Back at ya Liz :) Hope your holidays are filled with joy!!

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5 lori December 17, 2012 at 10:01 am

What a nice post!! love your idea of the neckless. did you put it together? or buy it? Thanks for sharing your thoughts. God Bless you and your family.!

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6 Marla December 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Hi Lori. Thanks for your comment. The necklace – it came to me as you see it. I wish I could figure who designed it so I could get my hands on more like it :)

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7 Andrea digeronimo December 17, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Your post is so lovely. My heart breaks for them all too.
I move and stay still, connect with others and draw inward, seek community and seek solitude, pray. It is a complicated tragedy of deep loss. Brings up lots of emotions.

Hug your precious babies for me and I will do the same.

Xoxoxo,Andrea

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8 Marla December 18, 2012 at 4:18 am

Beautiful Andrea ~ thanks for your beautiful words! Love you my friend. Wishing you beauty, JOY and great health during the holidays and the new year :) XO

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9 Marla December 17, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Faith is what gets me through troubled times. Many people ask, “Why, God?” and blame Him. He only wants to love us and see us happy. This kind of thing breaks His heart. If there is someone to blame, blame the devil. He would like us to blame God; then he wins. We are better than that. Blame the mental health system, the insurance companies that refuse “pre-existing conditions” like autism. Blame the gun lobbies that allow assault rifles to be sold to the public. But don’t blame God.

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10 Marla December 18, 2012 at 4:20 am

Thanks for you words Marla ~ it is so important that we can openly share our thoughts at this time and all the time. They say we are only as sick as our secrets…..we don’t need that as humans. We need to express with love, kindness and proper intention….happy holidays to you and yours :)

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