Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Coveting Your Prayers Today!

May I ask for your prayers over the next couple of days, please? Part of the tiredness I was talking about in my last post actually is stemming from a situation that has developed here within our schools. It's actually why I haven't posted the last couple of days. It's so totally in my mind and heart that I've been totally blank with writing posts. I was even unmotivated to join the Christmas Tour of Homes, though I did do a bit of lurking. But I'm rambling.

I would ask that you pray forGod's protection in our schools and wisdom and God's leading for us as parents. The situation is this in a nutshell. My children attend school in an area of town where 5 schools are clumped together. On one huge block is a public high school and a public school for teens who don't do well in academics and would rather gain practical knowledge and work experience. On the block right beside it is a Catholic high school which my two oldest attend, a Catholic junior high which my youngest attends and a Catholic elementary school. The two high schools are directly across the street from each other.

Last week there was an anonymous threat made in the public high school which involved shoot ing stud ents and suicyde (miss-spelled on purpose) for this Thursday. (Tomorrow). On the news was how the public high school would respond. We recieved a letter from the Catholic school saying it was business as usual. Their words. Today Kay told me that for Thursday and Friday the Catholic schools (and I know the 2 public ones also) are under total lockdown. What that means is school is still on but only certain entrances will be used and they will be supervised. No backpacks, bags or coats will be allowed in the schools or will be searched. No one leaves the school. Once students are in the class, teachers will lock the classroom doors. Police presence will be in the public high school for sure and has been all week, in fact.

I ask that you pray that God would intervene in this situation, that everybody would be safe, that the police and teachers have wisdom. That hubby and I have wisdom. My knee jerk reaction is to keep the kids home. Then the other half argues that you can't let people who threaten control your life and the threat was not made at their school. I don't want to instill a spirit of fear into my children. I want myself and them to trust their lives to God and know that we are in His hands, but at the same time I don't want to be foolish and allow them to walk into dangerous situations. My two oldest want to go to school. For them missing one day is like missing three days in a semestered school. My emotions and thoughts are penduluming back and forth. I'm sad and mad for this person who has done this. No child should have to be afraid of being shot while they are attending school. Please pray it is discovered who it is and they get the help that they need. Even if they thought this would be a big joke. They still need help in my eyes, if they could even think to do this as a joke.

Now you can see why I feel exhausted. If you have any thoughts of wisdom that would be a help, as a parent, please feel free to voice them. Thank you for praying for all of us here.


Laurel Wreath said...

Hmmm strange, maybe it is a holiday thing, because there was a threat called in about the schools in my area. I was said, "I am going to blow up one of the schools in ____ county." Kind of hard and nerve racking. I totally understand how you feel. Praying for safety for all. Holidays bring crazies out sometimes. ((Hugs))

Islandsparrow said...

No wonder you're exhausted Susanne. I am praying for safety for everyone involved.

Barbara H. said...

How frightening, Susanne. I will be praying.

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

momrn2 said...

Consider it done!!

{Karla} said...

oh scary!

praying for all of you and for the administrators.


Chris @ Come to the Table said...

Praying for wisdom and safety Susanne!

Pam said...

You have my prayers, too, Susanne. Praying especially for rest for your mind and heart this night.

PastorMac's Ann said...

Wow Susanne. Will definitely keep you and your precious kids in prayer.

Beck said...

Oh Susanne! That would terrify me.
But threats like that are almost always hollow threats, made by some junior wisenheimer with no intention of carrying through with anything. I will pray that IS indeed the case and that all the students are safe.

Org Junkie said...

Good grief girl, that is one mighty fine burden to carry. Very frightening indeed. I'll be praying for your family that He gives you the wisdom you need to make decisions today and that you are able to draw on His strength for comfort during this scary time.

Cyndee@Riezzee's Place said...

WOW! As a teacher in a public school, I try to remain calm in situations like this. In the big picture - your kids are safer in school then driving to school.

From the friend and parent perspective, I will pray for your community and for the people making the threats. I will pray for a calm in your heart as you wait for your kids to come home today and tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

OMGoodness Susanne
Praying of course
no wonder you are totally absorbed in it
"keep the kids home"
I would do just that!!!

Praying that God wrap his loving protective arms around your kids and keep them safe

and yes I agree I hope they find out who the sicko is and get him/her the help he/she needs

please keep us informed
so pleased you shared
its a lot to be taking on

jen at

Anonymous said...

Susanne please read this
this is my Christmas gift to you and was written by a New Zealand blogging friend of mine
praying for you and yours
with much love
Jen at

Anonymous said...

sori heres the addy again

Linda said...

haven't forgotten ...

ellen b. said...

Praying for you right now Susanne, that the God of peace would rule in your heart and mind today. That God would protect you and your children from evil. That God's huge arm of protection would be over those schools and that His mercy will reach to this culprit who is causing all this chaos. That he/she would be exposed and given the help/discipline they need. Amen...

Jen said...

I'm praying for you sweetie....lifting you up.

Faith said...

There are soooo many troubled children/teens in this country, from public schools, private school and even some homeschooing kids I am sure, have issues that they deal with. I will keep your area in prayer...and may I suggest that you pray aloud with your children before they get on the bus? I try to do this daily or at least on my way to work if we are running late and it brings me much peace. We had a horrible tragedy last Thursday with a senior committing suicide. I had to sit with my 14 year old and explain why he might do this, ( he had been clinically depressed for years) and what we can do when we feel like life is hopeless. It really moved her to see so many teachers crying but it also showed her how many people really need the Hope of Christ. It is a sad thing that some teens use bullying and threats to escape their own insecurities, depression, anger, whatever it is they are dealing with....we can only pray...and it sure goes a long way! Your children are in the Lord's hands...please keep me posted!

annie said...

I'm praying now!

Merry Christmas!

dcrmom said...

Oh Susanne. How awful. Well, Thursday is over. How did it go?? Sorry I'm late chiming in here. Praying all is well.