We are all still reeling in the traumatic Connecticut situation. This has been so incredibly shocking. I do have to share one thought this morning and then I will take one more day to process it all,mostly out of respect, and move forward. At church yesterday, it was mentioned that the news reported some people were taking down their Christmas decorations because they felt guilty for celebrating Christmas at such a time of mourning and pain. I wholeheartedly feel that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ, who is the King of all Peace. Rather than let this shooter "win", I think that we should all carry on, as best we can. Christmas is for children, Christmas is a celebration of the life of Christ. We need the joy back in our holiday season. We need to carry on for the children, for ourselves, for our nation. It was so hard to send my kids out the door this morning. We've been together all weekend. Letting them go out alone was "different" this morning. But, we can't let the bad guy "win". EVER. EVER.
I saw this on Facebook, as most everyone probably has. It definitely adds an improved perspective to this tragedy.
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
they were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.
they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
"where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
"this is heaven." declared a small boy. "we're spending Christmas at God's house."
when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.
and as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."
then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"
"may this country be delivered from the hands of fools"
"I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"
then He and the children stood up without a sound.
"come now my children, let me show you around."
excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
"in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."
Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA