As I mentioned when I first started my personal 21-day Bible Journaling Challenge, I am actually making these pages the day before I show them on my blog (there's a one-day delay with each one). That makes it easier for me to get them made, photographed and on my blog.
Most days that doesn't make any difference in what I say in my blog post, so you might not have even really noticed I was doing that... until today.
Today's page was created yesterday - April 16th. That might not mean anything to a lot of people, but to those of us in our family (as well as the families of the other victims) April 16th is not an easy day. It is the anniversary of the Virginia Tech Shooting. It's been ten years... and yet, this day still hurts. It is the day that we lost a lovely young member of our family. It is the day that I'm sure her parents agonize over every single day, with a loss and heartache like none other for any parent. It is also the day when I lost some of my innocence.
You see, I had heard about previous tragedies - Columbine, the Amish community, etc. - but until it took one of our own, I could "sort of" put that out of my mind. Not any more. With each senseless shooting in the past ten years, my heart has ached for the families of those lost in ways I'd never ached before.
So today's Bible Journaling page, though by no means a pretty one, is one that speaks from my heart perhaps more than most pages I've done. I've cried tears as I made it. Even now as I type this blog post, my vision is blurred with unshed tears begging to spill over.
He heals the brokenhearted
and bandages their wounds.
My daughter Brittney on the left and her younger cousin Austin on the right
(they were flower girls in their aunt's wedding)
Austin, you are missed every single day!
Thank you for stopping by my blog today!
Supplies Used: Recollections Card Stock, Washi Tape from unknown vendors and real bandaids