I'm never sure why it takes something so jarring to make us all think about what is important in life.  When something like this tragedy in Connecticut takes place, we all seem to stop, sober ourselves and remember what is most important.

It couldn't be more true as I have watched news organization upon news organization unfold their coverage before my eyes and ears.  I heard one person make the comment that these were a bunch of kids.  Their parents would have to deal with their absence at Christmas.  That kind of comment struck home.  What would I do in their shoes?  How would I feel?  What would it be like when one so young was cut down and wouldn't be with me at Christmas?

Times like this are not for political debate.  Times like these are simply to assess where we are and if you are a praying person, say one or three for the people that lost family members today.  These times are devastating even to those that have lost no one close to them.

So, when you see your kids or other family members, give them an extra hug tonight.  Times like this remind me that my family is one of the most important things to me.  How about you?