Tragedy always seems to remind us how fragile life is. We reminisce on the lives taken too soon and vow to remember them. Our hearts ache for those who’ve lost their loved ones and we feel a responsibility as a community to do all that we can to care for those who’ve lost, those who are hurting, and those who may need our help in some other way.
Las Vegas is a unique city- one that I’m blessed to consider home. It’s a place where everyone has some sort of connection, no matter where you grew up. Those from around here keep saying that “It’s a big city with a small-town feel” and it’s true. Even though I did move around a little bit and didn’t spend the majority of my school years here, I’ve got friends and family all around the valley and connections to many who were at Route 91 this weekend.
It hurts my heart to see so many people have been affected by this tragedy. There are people we know who’ve lost family members and friends. I have no words for those who are experiencing this except that I hurt for you and I’m praying for you. We’re all praying for you.
This is one of those situations that you never imagine, but when it does happen it rocks your world. It’s emotionally draining and makes you feel so critical of the world around you. How could someone do that to a music festival? Honestly, I can’t even bring myself to type out what this horrible person did..it makes me so physically sick.
But there is one beautiful, positive note from all of this hurt, sadness, and loss: the way that those in our beautiful, special city have come together to support and lift those who are in it. In just one day we’ve seen over $3.5 million in donations to the Las Vegas Victim’s fund. Those in our city and in surrounding communities have also been waiting to donate blood, have stepped up to bring food and water, and have been helping each other in other wonderful ways as we try to muddle through this horrible time.
My heart is so full to see all of the sweet comments and messages that have been left on Instagram and other social media for those of us in Vegas (and some specifically for me). Know that we appreciate all of your love and kindness.
I pray that we all hold our loved ones a little tighter and remember the most important things in life.