I hung my bulky
winter coat in the closet, tossed my keys on the kitchen counter,
is my normal routine when I arrive home from my part-time job as a teacher
aide. It was Tuesday, December 3, 2013
and my Christmas to-do list was on my mind as I walked into the den to check
the answering machine. The number 4 in red, was blinking. Hmm. Four messages? That’s unusual.
and this is what I heard: “This is an important message from the
currently in lockdown.
report of a suspect with a firearm in the vicinity near campus. We will
New Haven. The University
report of an Asian
building to building
they become available.”
thought was, maybe Erica isn’t on campus
today. I quickly walked
kept her class schedule.
couldn’t find it. I picked up the phone
and dialed Erica’s cell. It rang once. The call connected but Erica wasn’t
Erica? Can you hear me?”
me,” she whispered.
good. I grabbed my cell phone and
sitting on the floor in the dark
praying and will email my prayer group. ur safe where u r
think the bldg is locked. im scared.
2 hold it 2gether. i know its scary but im sure police & security
safe and God is watching over u… i pray for ur safety
evry day and evry week in my prayer group! We just
school last nite.
to my daughter through texting, God was ministering to me.
us or forsake us. Surely God is my salvation;
be afraid. I thought of the ladies in my Moms in Prayer
protection for our children’s schools and colleges. And how, less than 24 hours
earlier, we had lifted up Erica’s college in prayer. God’s peace spread over me
like a warm blanket and made my fears evaporate like a mist. I can
do all things through Him who strengthens
my Moms in Prayer ladies with the subject line, urgent prayer
found out later that two of my sisters-in-Christ stopped what they
that the suspect would
light and for Jesus’
hours later but was in fact only about 45 minutes, Erica forwarded
Custody, continue to shelter in place until further instructions.”
in custody” turned out to be a commuter student. I don’t
something and said something”
plans. The college
woman to help
We are all so grateful for God’s wisdom, providence
end. And that is why we keep praying in
our Moms in Prayer groups, exclamation point!
Donna Magnotta has been praying in a Moms in Prayer group since 1994. She co-leads a
weekly high school/college and career group of six women and lives in Mamaroneck, NY with my husband,
Charlie, of 27 years and our two young adult daughters, Michelle, 25, and