Posted: Jan 3, 2013 10:57 PM
Updated: Jan 4, 2013 7:12 AM
With every strum from the violin on Amazing Grace and with every singer who graced the stage, community members from Pulaski County sent their songs, prayers and love hundreds of miles to the community of Newtown, Conn.
"I prayed about it," said High Street Baptist Church Pastor Ed Amundson. "I came up with the idea that we needed to have a community gathering."
Planning for Thursday night's gathering at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, entitled 'Love to Sandy Hook,' took on a life of its own, Amundson said. The pastor wanted his community to tune in while everyone was slowly tuning out of the tragedy on December 14th.
"We want them to know we're praying for you," Amundson said. "We care for you and we're hurting with you."
Amundson planned the prayer vigil around the first day back for Sandy Hook Elementary students and teachers since 26 children and adults were killed by gunman Adam Lanza.
"I thought it was extremely touching," said attendee Laura Glover. "I think it was extremely difficult, not only for the children, but for the parents to send their children back."
Through the prayers, songs and messages sent to Newtown was the overlying message of holding one's children close and sharing love.
From a small Kentucky community to another small one in the Northeast, tonight was about sending that love.