In times of immense and senseless tragedy we are appalled at what mankind is capable of doing to others. We feel vulnerable, sad, angry, helpless. We can offer our condolences, prayers, and assistance, but we cannot eliminate the pain. This we must all endure.

For the future, however, we can re-commit ourselves to kindness, tolerance, and compassion towards all, so that atrocities which lie ahead of us might hopefully be fewer and less painful. We can take a more active role in looking out for one another, in supporting and helping one another. We can know that regardless of future events, we at least made a genuine effort to foster harmony, wellness, and tranquility in our world.


May the innocent children and the courageous educators of Sandy Hook school who lost their lives on December 14, 2012 rest in peace. May their families, friends, co-workers, fellow students, and the community of Newtown eventually find peace, healing, and acceptance.

Paul Mark Sutherland 

12 thoughts on “Sadness

  1. Wonderfully said, we can only hope this community eventually finds peace and healing; these parents find ways to heal their broken hearts, these families find ways to fill the voids left by the loss of their vital members.


  2. Beautifully said.
    When I reposted it, after “…in supporting and helping one another.”
    I just added this:
    “Also, we can look for the good in one another and actually believe in that Divine spark that is in each of us.”
    Thank you for a beautiful message.


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