When tragedy happens, I fear for the world my daughter will be coming into. Today there was a stabbing at a Pittsburgh area high school where a 16 year old boy decided to go on a stabbing spree, injuring 20 people. Thankfully, everyone is expected to survive, but the dangers and evils in this world instill an uncertainty in me.
What could drive a 16 year old to do something so awful? So harmful? How will I explain these situations to my daughter? Situations that involve a school incident terrify me, because it makes it painfully obvious that I won’t always be able to protect my child. I can’t control what other people do. I can’t stand in front of her 24 hours a day and shield her from what’s coming. I just have to trust and pray that my daughter is safe when I can’t be there. Letting go of that will be brutally challenging at times.
What if it happened at my daughter’s school? What if my daughter was involved? How could I get to her in this situation?
The thoughts can be paralyzing. Reading this article on CNN.com about the incident, it grieves me for the parents that were told not to come to the school and to wait until they heard. Sitting, helplessly waiting, would be unbearably painful.
So, I pray. I pray for strength and wisdom for how to explain tragedy to my daughter if and when it happens. I pray for my daughter’s safety, because I won’t always be able to be there. I pray that when my daughter faces tragedy, she will find comfort in God. And right now, I pray for all those affected by this devastating situation in Pittsburgh.