Central Florida author shares tips on coping with Connecticut massacre

Member of First Baptist Church shares perspectives from book

By Sean Lavin - Producer

ORLANDO, Fla. - On the first Sunday since the Newtown, Conn. massacre, First Baptist Church of Orlando Senior Pastor David Uth asked the questions on everybody's minds. 

"Every one of us this morning are trying to figure out, 'Man, why -- how?'" Uth said during his sermon.

And while there are no good answers to those questions, Uth helped his congregation heal by pointing out the good in the world. 

"I read the story of that one young lady, who at such a young age as a teacher, gathered her children in the closet and put her body between the children and the gunman, and died with honor and courage," Uth said.

It's a message that hits home for Stacy Thacker. The local mother co-authored Hope For The Weary Mom, a book including a chapter about the Virginia Tech massacre and that's aimed at helping mothers cope with struggles. 

"We live in a crazy world and we can't control everything," Thacker said, "and I think as moms we really want to control every situation for our children."

Thacker shared how she handled dealing with the tragedy with her four children, with ages ranging from 3 to 13. 

"As far as my youngest children, it's not something they need to know about," Thacker said. "My older children and I did have a conversation, but I edit a lot of the details."

Thacker's book features an interview with a mom, whose son was killed in the Virginia Tech shootings. 

"Her message is, you have to build a foundation before tragedy strikes. You have to have faith, you have to have friends and community that can surround you to walk with you," Thacker said. 

And that's exactly what Uth sees happening now. 

"I feel like whenever we come together in times of grief and pain that it's good," he said. "I pray that it opens the door to come together for other reasons, but at least stand together in a time of brokenness and a time of grief."

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