Friday, December 21, 2012



Around 9:30 am
Newtown, Connecticut
Sandy Hook Elementary
1 armed gunman
20 beautiful children
7 brave adults
11 days till Christmas

As I have reflected over the events in Connecticut over the last week, I have been reminded how important it is to make it count. "What will you choose to do, with the time God has given you? Every day you have a choice. Make it count." Unmeasured Strength by Lauren Manning 

This tragedy touched many of us in different ways. I was at work and looked online about 2:00 pm MST.  There it was plastered all over MSN's home page. And then came that deep pit of agony for children and parents and community. I know that each of you had felt different yet similar things. And in that moment, we wondered what we could do to bear a burden, lighten a load, and reach across our country to say, "I care about you" and "You are in my thoughts and prayers."

Our life here on earth is temporary and we never know when our time to return will be. Everyday and every moment can be special! Do we make the most of these moments? What's stopping us from doing so?  I hope that we will take an opportunity to pretend like each day is our last and live with no regrets.

Twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
When 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
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

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