Holding The Hope

Neia’s Little Hope potholder on her altar

I have to admit, I’d become numb to the shootings that go on across the country.  I had begun to think that this is just the way it is.

But yesterday’s murders made me think differently.  Made me want to try to do something even though I have no idea what that would be.

So this morning I took some time to write letters to my Representatives.   A part of me feels it is useless, that my letters won’t change the way they feel or what they are able to accomplish.

But I know there are people out there working hard to change gun laws and trying to figure out the reasons these massacres happen and what they can do to stop them. So if I can write a letter to support their efforts, then that’s a small something I can do.

It’s easy to lose hope, and many people have every reason to.  But right now, I feel like I can hold the hope for those who don’t have it.

10 thoughts on “Holding The Hope

  1. Maria, you have inspired me to do the same, I will be writing to my congressman , also.

    If We all did this maybe it will make a difference!

    I pray for the families!

  2. This is lovely, Maria, and will touch so many of us experiencing the same feelings.
    This morning I felt that all of the events of the past months, the many shootings, the assault on women’s rights, the war in Ukraine, the voting restriction laws, actually, the never ending list… these are the sirens, the flashing red lights that should make us act. We can’t look away. We have to do something, no matter how small, and we have to continue to act.

  3. I find myself shutting down and urging my children to become expats. It’s so indescribably painful to see the hypocrisy, callousness, and sociopathy of so many of our leaders and population. I also know that you are right. The only way this country will survive will be if we all raise our voices.

  4. I write emails, my Senators, other Senators. I write about both state and national issues. Am dismayed how long it often takes takes to get a response. I pay attention to who is on what committee. And lately I am asking for a response, not just expressing my opinion. Representatives often don’t accept email from people outside of their district, but if they have a campaign website up that is where they will hear from me. It has been said that every letter represents 200 constituents.

  5. I have come to very much dislike the phrase “ our thoughts and prayers are with you.” I won’t say it or write it to someone, it seems so hollow. I can’t fathom what the families of the murdered are going through right now. Why can we not fix this, or at least make it less likely to happen. Our policy makers do nothing, or so it appears while loved ones join a club nobody wants to be a part of.
    Today, I donated to the Sandy Hook Promise. I have no idea if this will help, but like you Maria, I just want to do something.

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