So we turn on the television, the news, the radio - anything where we can get the latest updates, to stay informed, to be aware.
Our hearts ache, we long to help, we wish we were closer to offer a loving embrace and some assistance, even in a small way.
How we respond is crucial, for little eyes are watching us. Little eyes that trust, that believe in good, that want to live life with freedom.
So is the answer to shut everything off and just shelter our children, and never let them know of the evil going on outside? Would that be helpful?
As tempted as I am to turn on the news (because I am an information addict), the house is eerily quiet today. My children do not know what has happened yet. They are still at school, hearing stories and reading books, their minds in far-away lands of fairy tales and make believe.
What I do with this situation will also stick in their minds forever. How do I tell them? How much should I say? Should I show them the truth?
Yet I know that as a mother, it is my job to guard their hearts, to protect them, to shield them from evil as long as I possibly can.
So today, while they are 5 and 7, I will prayerfully consider these things. I do not want to instill fear in my children, but faith that the world can still be good, that people can still be trusted, that God will protect them in their comings and goings. There will still be many occasions for them to learn about evil in the world. But for today, I may just shield them one more time.
And maybe, with the silence of the television and news being off, I can use that time to pray, because often I spend more time getting informed than I actually do praying for the situation.
If your children already know of this situation or you plan on sharing it with them, head over to Beth's blog at Home Stories A to Z to read her advice on How to Talk to Your Kids About School Shootings. As a former school counselor, she knows.