Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.Principal Dawn Hochsprung, school psychologist Mary Sherlach, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Rachel Davino, and Victoria Soto showed the great love they had for the children of Sandy Hook* Elementary in Newtown, CT this past Friday.
The other teachers and staff also showed their devotion, as they shepherded their charges through the schools, barricaded them in rooms, and otherwise comforted and consoled them.
My prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragedy. I cannot begin to comprehend what they are having to deal with right now. In fact, never in my life have I had a better understanding for the Apostle Paul's words in Romans 8:26, when he wrote that "[l]ikewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words."
*Edited: I updated the name of the school, which I'd inadvertantly mis-spelled. My apologies.
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26 (ESV)