Aug 23, 2013

A letter to Antoinette Tuff, on what could have been a last day

Because of a video I just watched this post is going to take a different direction than what I originally intended. You can watch it here first if you haven't heard or read about it yet:

Dear Ms. Tuff, I don't know you. I don't know your story. I don't know why you have the job that you do, or how you came to be at that job, or what kind of morning you had before you went into work that day.

What I do know is that you are a hero. Not an ordinary hero, not a bigger than, faster than, smarter than or better armed than hero... but a hero in the truest sense of the word.

You took a day that could have been his last day and saved it. It could have been the last day for countless teachers, students and other staff. It could have been the last day for parents who would never have seen their children alive again.

You listened to that still, small voice within you and you spoke to a lost person. You obeyed God, you found strength in Him when you didn't have any in yourself and you told a stranger who had lost hope that he was loved, that there was hope.

 I am sure that I am just one more voice telling you thank you.

 People like you give me hope in our world. You took your faith and put it into action, and that action looked like love in the midst of a terrifying situation.

As he loaded his gun, as he exchanged gun fire with police, as he planned and plotted to kill helpless children and then himself, you talked him back to reality.

Your willingness to be vulnerable emotionally to a terrifying stranger saved the lives of countless people, and yet you humbly gave glory to God, who gave you those words.

You are a faithful servant of the MOST high king, you should rejoice that HE made you for more than you knew. THANK YOU Antoinette!

May the Lord Bless you! AJ Collins

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  1. hers was such an amazing story and this was a wonderful tribute!

    visiting from 5mf this weekend. hope you have a great one. :-)

  2. returned your visit! The story grabbed my mind... it could have been another Sandy Hook! Thanks for the sweet comment!

  3. Wow! Not only did she give it all to God but she loved him - this young man who was falling apart dangerously. She loved him and he wasn't all fixed and pretty and cleaned up from his sin. I want to be like that - I want people to love my kids when they miss it like that. She let God just take over - didn't she!

  4. Me, too and I think it should have gotten way more press than it did - she is amazing!

  5. Great tribute to Tuff. I love her humility and courage...and she is a hero-I agree. Thank you for visiting me blog! Hope your weekend is great!


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