“Of course, there’s something reassuring about calling for government action in the wake of a crime like this; it helps lull us into the comfortable fantasy that, under the right conditions, horror and suffering can somehow be averted. But like water, committed evil will always find the path of least resistance; someone as depraved and malignant as Adam Lanza could have constructed a bomb or driven a car through the playground during recess. That’s the really frightening part — the idea that ultimately, we cannot completely protect even those we love best from someone who is determined to harm them. In the end, like all of life, parenting is an act of profound faith . . .
On Monday, I will take my twins back to school, and I will leave them there — powerfully reminded that there’s always a chance, every time we say good-bye, that I might not see them ever again. The only comfort I can take is in the sure knowledge that the twins don’t truly belong to me or my husband, anyway — they are gifts of God’s, and He loves them more deeply, knowledgeably and powerfully than I ever could. And I know that whatever happens, He is with them, even unto the end of the world, because He said so and His word is good.” – Carol Platt Liebau, The Newtown Tragedy [via townhall.com]