Six years ago today, nine months pregnant, stomach contracting from stress, and heart beating wildly in fear, I listened as my husband told me the news: Thirty-two students, faculty and teachers were dead at the hand of a crazed gunman on the campus of Virginia Tech.
My school. My Hokies. A friend of my family...dead that day.
And I know I talk about it every year, but six years isn't enough time to heal completely from that kind of loss. I wonder sometimes if our community will ever completely heal from it, but then I remember the God I serve and how He's completely capable of making something beautiful from the ashes of great loss, and I know...
Tucked quietly inside of the book I co-authored, Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess, is a chapter that was born on that same fateful day in 2007. It tells the story of a mama who lost her only son to that gunman, and how the God and the town she loved met her in the mess and nursed her back to health.
It's free today. That book. Free, in honor of those who lost their lives on April 16, 2007. Free, in honor of the God who redeems even the deepest, most difficult messes. Free, because it's a small way this mama can give back to the people and university I love, help us continue to heal, and keep the story alive in our hearts.
Get your copy of Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess free for Amazon Kindle today only (4/16/13).