I wonder how many parents are struggling to send their kids to school today?

How many of us wish it was time for Christmas break to begin so we could have a few extra days to catch our breath?

Like many parents out there, I could use more time to absorb the shocking Newtown, CT news before sending my children back to school. My heart grieves the reality of the unthinkable. I do not know how the families of the loved ones lost can stand up or breath without sobbing right now. And I weep just thinking of them.

In a short while I’m supposed to drop my kids off at two different schools. I’ve thought about my safety concerns at each building; every hallway and classroom. My logic tells me not to worry, but how, how do you not worry? This is not any normal day. This is The Monday After–the first school day after elementary students and teachers lost their lives in a gruesome, sick way. Innocent and gone.

My youngest picked this weekend to tell me that his teacher says you can skip the “under God” part of the Pledge of Allegiance if you want. “Under God” is not required. Really? Wow. I understand and respect the reasons why. But this scares me.

Perhaps we adults who do pray and who do believe in “one nation, under God” can do a better job of praying for our children. I’m going to set an alarm on my phone so that every Monday through Friday I will be reminded at 7am to pray for children in our broken country and in the world.

“Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.”

Protect the innocent. Begin with prayer. There’s much more we can do, but consistent prayers of protection is a good start. Please join me in setting your alarm for 7am and pray for children daily.



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