April is a tough month. Not so much because the weather is often crazy around here (near 80 degrees one day and freezing temps another). But rather a lot of sad/tragic things have happened over the years, particularly two years ago.
Amy's (of Callapitter) two precious children were taken from her two years ago. Although the anniversary was two weeks ago, I reminded of it now because it happened during Holy Week. Plus today is her Peter's birthday.
Just a few days before that tragedy, three Pittsburgh police officers were gunned down.
And it was on Good Friday that a priest at my church accidentally ran over some parishioners, killing one and injuring several others. The anniversary for that too was two weeks ago, but since Good Friday is tomorrow, I cannot help being reminded of it.
On some less personal notes, the anniversary of the Columbine school shootings is coming up. Or apparently just passed. I remember that well because it happened on our honeymoon 12 years ago.
And Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in early April 1968.
I am sure there are other things I have forgotten about and countless things I just don't know of, but sure seems like a lot, don't you think?
Today and really throughout this month, I am thinking of everyone who has been personally affected by the above (which includes me) and wishing them peace this week. As much peace is possible, all things considered. And hope, which is so important to have.
Easter blessings to all of you.