It's a perceived image that will make me shudder the rest of my life. I can't quit seeing it ... over and over and over again. I'm sure it's shared by countless others.

The vision that haunts me is the look of those innocent young faces at Sandy Hook Elementary School when the young man in black - true evil come to life - entered their pristine classroom and began to slaughter them with a high-powered rifle. I can see their eyes go from curiosity to raw, unmitigated terror when they ultimately realized what was happening ... when they knew they were about to die.

I'll never get it out of my head. Perhaps that's as it should be.

It's rather difficult to celebrate the joy of the holiday season in light of what happened on that horrific morning in Connecticut. But then again, this might be the perfect time for Christmas and the promise of everlasting life that accompanied the birth of the Christ child. It provides hope the parents, friends and families of those murdered children, and the adults who tried to save them, can cling to in this, their darkest hour. For He is the light and the way. Hallelujah.

As the story continues to unfold in all its gruesomeness, the thought that persists is how in the hell did we, as a society, reach this point? How can this happen in our modern-day world when technology and opportunity have helped mold us into the most informed, educated civilization in history? It just doesn't seem right, but yet it's all-too true.

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