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.

* * *


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.”

* * *

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.

Haynes Exemplifies Effective Leadership

Our county commissioner is Marty Haynes.  Over the last few months we have been reminded that effective leadership builds trust.  Marty has kept his word to be accountable to voters and govern with conservative principles.  County Mayor Jim Coppinger’s budget was balanced with spending prioritized.  Marty joined a few other commissioners in voting for that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Banjo Boy’s Secret

There is a wonderful email now making the rounds that shows Billy Redden standing in front of the Walmart store where he now works in Clayton, Ga. There is nothing remarkable about the picture because Billy’s looks have changed considerably in the last 40-odd years. But back in the early 1970s, his face was memorized by millions upon millions of people and he was universally known ... (click for more)

Erlanger Names Floyd Chasse As Vice-President Of Human Resources

Officials with the Erlanger Health System announce the appointment of Floyd Chasse, M.S., SPHR, as the organization’s new vice-president of Human Resources.  Mr. Chasse assumes his new position at Erlanger on Monday. Prior to his position with Erlanger, Mr. Chasse served as vice-president of Human Resources at McLaren Greater Lansing in Lansing, Mi., a university affiliated ... (click for more)

Triple Murder Suspect, Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, Captured In New Orleans

Less than a day after being placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, Daniel Lee Henry was captured Saturday night in New Orleans, La.  Shortly after 8:30 CST, Henry, 38, was taken into custody without incident at a hotel by authorities from the United States Marshals Service Task Force, which includes law enforcement officers from the New ... (click for more)

Arkansas Ground Game Pounds Tennessee, 24-20

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – At least Tennessee didn’t blow a double-digit lead late. Arkansas wiped out the Vols’ 14-0 lead in the first half in front of 101,265 fans at Neyland Stadium and went on to dump Tennessee, 24-20, Saturday night in Southeastern Conference football action. It was Tennessee’s second straight loss and the win snapped the Razorbacks’ three-game skid. ... (click for more)

Do The Tennessee Football Program's Problems Start At The Top?

Late last night former LSU and NFL star Booger McFarland was literally laughing at Tennessee during his post-game commentary on the SEC Network. I can understand that. Again "Botch" Jones took no responsibility for this third terrible agonizing loss during his post game "softball" interview with Vol play-by-play broadcaster "Blob" Kesling after once again blowing a two touchdown ... (click for more)