And 17 More In Florida

I hardly know where to begin on this, the morning after the Florida school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Seventeen bodies and souls now gone from this earth, murdered in what should be the safest place for them to be at any given time.

I guess I’ll begin with my relief at the fact that by chance, my children do not have school today. By chance, at our school hundreds of miles away in Ohio, there was a teacher in-service scheduled for today and tomorrow. President’s Day is Monday, and so, for me, there is a reprieve. I have three whole weekdays and a weekend before I have to worry about my kids being murdered at school.

So hallelujah.

They were killed on Valentine’s Day, those seventeen souls. They were killed on  ASH WEDNESDAY. Today is the first day of Lent. What are we giving up for Lent? So many parents were asked to give up the ultimate yesterday, to give up the thing they love most, their most precious gift. Only they weren’t asked, and they didn’t give. Their children were viciously taken, struck down.

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What are we giving up for Lent?

Let’s give up, as a country, as a nation, let’s give up WHATEVER IT IS that is keeping us from protecting our kids at school.

Let’s give up WHATEVER IT IS that allows people armed with assault rifles and shotguns to keep coming into schools time and time and time and time and time AGAIN to MURDER our children and their teachers. Let’s give THAT up. Let’s identify that thing and then let’s LAY IT DOWN on the altar and sacrifice it so NO MORE CHILDREN have to DIE.

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson
Jenny is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor.

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