I received an email from one of my uncles last night and though I don't know who wrote this (I'm sure it's gone viral so you may have already read this yourself), but I thought it was a touching tribute to the children who lost their lives at Sandy Brook Elementary in Newtown, CT, so I wanted to share it here in their honor...
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
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."
Today in school, our family will be participating in a project to help welcome the students of Sandy Brook Elementary back after new year in their new building. We're going to be making snowflakes! If you would like to participate, find the details here.
I think this is a wonderful way to show our compassion for the survivors and to do something tangible with our children who have heard about the situation, but feel a bit helpless to do much other than pray. And I know they've prayed! But this should be a fun way to honor the survivors and set them in a better mindset for their return to school.
I can't wait to get the scissors out!