Roy Exum: The Children Of Sandy Hook

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

There is a beautiful parody of a famous Christmas poem rocketing across Facebook and I was deeply moved by its simplicity when it found its way into my morning readings on Tuesday.

We know it was written by a person named Cameo Smith and the hope here is that it will provide comfort as our nation continues to grieve after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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ELEVEN DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS

By Cameo Smith via Facebook

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.”

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Why is it we are not allowed to pray at schools but, only when tragedy strikes, are such rules ignored? We need our country back.

royexum@aol.com


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