Last night I attended the viewing for Benjamin Wheeler.
The family graciously met a constant line of visitors for nearly 5 hours. People lined up around the small church in the dark, in the cold and waited to pay their respects.
Let It Be played in the church as I entered, because Ben loved the Beatles.
Take a moment to listen to it now:
The song continued to play in my head as I drove back home, tears flowing, down the winding back roads of Newtown.
No parent should have to go through what they are going through. Let it be? We can’t let it be. I was angry and sad and unsure how and if people could ever recover from this.
When I stepped out of the car in my driveway, I looked up into the clear night. A thought ran through my head.
I wonder which star is Ben’s?
In the next moment, a shooting star silently crossed the sky in the exact place where I was gazing.
It comforted me. It gave me hope. I thought for a long time about what it meant.
Finally, this morning I knew.
God is still on His throne.
We are not alone in this. He will continue to carry those who mourn.
Trust. The healing will come. And let it be.
Thank you all for your generous donations to A Star for Ben. I gave the gift to Ben’s father last night and he was deeply touched.