The loss of one child, in an individual setting, is hard to comprehend, so the thought of multiple horrific acts of violence is mind boggling. My heart continues to break for the loss of my only sister. It has been over eighteen years since her kidnapping yet Heidi and her tragic abduction aren't events of the past.
Our family and community continue to remember Heidi throughout the year. The holidays remind those affected to reflect and appreciate the friends, family, and neighbors God has blessed them with. A sweet woman on the "Where's Heidi?" Facebook page shared thoughts of encouragement, love, and compassion.
"I am sure that you do realize, that like these children from Connecticut were everybody's children and their loss has affected the nation, Heidi was the communities child and we have and will forever feel her loss and remember her!"
Continue to pray for all affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Cherish the moments you have with your loved ones. Choose to make a difference and help to keep our children safe. Do all these things in love and hope for tomorrow.
Don't let fear captivate your heart and mission in life. God didn't take those innocent lives, a man did. God gave us free-will and choice ~ choose to bless, inspire, uplift, motivate, encourage, and be there for those in need when they ask the tough questions.
This isn't an easy task, trust me. I spent a decade focused on the loss, discounting God and blaming Him. It wasn't until one child said, "Mrs. Buske, you need Jesus!" that I truly realized how lost and hurt I as. You may not be able to see the good or live without fear today but please continue to pray and talk with God. Give it to Him, His shoulders are big enough to carry our burdens while embracing the twenty-plus angels that joined Him on Friday.
"When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I
trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?"