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Monday, December 17, 2012

Open Hands

 Today I honor the children
Today I pray for the parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers
 
Today I honor the adults
Today I pray for their families; husbands, children, parents
 
Today I ask for my own personal strength of understanding
Today I hold my own family just a little closer and count my blessings.
Today I pray for them to stay safe.
And, I thank My Lord.
 
  
 
 
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.
 
My freebie today is to honor these
children and adults
and to pray for a safer world.
 
 
 
You can download this at:
 
 
This has not been an easy thing for me .... it so hard to understand that evil walks among us like this.  My brain has had such a hard time wrapping itself around this taking of so many young lives.  My heart has felt so heavy since hearing the news for the first time on Friday. 
 
What has it caused me to feel and do .....
On Friday I called my daughter, Angie in Texas just to check on her.  She is a teacher in Katy, Texas.  All I could think of .... what if this had been her elementary?  I just had to hear her voice.  She spoke of protecting her own class; talking to those individual children that became frightened, calming her parents that called over the phone wanting to know "how safe are my children" and she told me she cried.  Her crying, made me want her to know how much I loved her and I told her so.  I think all of us ... whether a tear was shed or not ... we cried.
 
Then on Saturday I spent the morning with my son, Drue who lives down the street.  It was just an ordinary morning ... playing with my grandsons.  But, what was important to me was to be near my son and to tell him how much I loved him.  For you see, even at 32 years old .... he is my child.
 
Then on Sunday, we were all suppose to go to my daughter, Christa's son's basketball game.  Instead, I just went shopping with my oldest child, Christa.  I spent a total of four uninterrupted hours with her laughing and talking.  We talked about the tragedy and in the middle of Younkers Dept Store ... I started to cry.  She said "Mom, what is wrong".  She saw how upset I was and just took me into her  arms and said "I love you". 
 
That night at the dinner table when I looked around at my whole family ... my husband, my children and my grandchildren, I looked at each and everyone of them.  John usually says grace when our family gather for a meal, but last night I gave grace .....  and it was just the normal funny blessing I always say for my grandchildren, but in my heart I know I was thanking God for keeping my family safe and allowing me to hold them just a little bit closer.
 
Hugs, Sue
 


8 comments:

Jenn Borjeson said...

Thank you for your beautiful, heartfelt post. You touched my heart. Sending you a big hug. xoxo

Anne-Marie said...

Sue, you touched my soul, and I have no words, just a broken heart....x

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

My heart aches right along beside yours. I'm glad though that you spent the weekend with the kids in one form or another. That must help to take some of the hurt away when you can wrap your arms around those that you love. Thanks for such a beautiful post today and of course for the very appropriate wordart.

Hugs,
Lisa

Silverbutterfly said...

Sue, I had tears in my eyes reading yor post today, it is so lovely, it will help comfort all the families that lost their precious chidren this week.
Your word art is so great, thanks....

Silverbutterfly

Wishing You Butterfly Mornings
And Wildflower Afternoons.....

Edwina said...

Sue, I love the poem you shared. It is beautiful!
The sentiment you gave us is wonderful and very fitting. Thank you.
I understand what you are saying. On Sunday I was at the Mall waiting on my parents to get off from work. I thought, what if some crazy person came in here and hurt them. I almost cried. I noticed security was more out in the open. My parents mean the world to me. If i lost them as these families lost their loved ones, I could not bear it. We need to treasure each moment with our families. Edwina Brown

sandiehc said...

A wonderful post so full of love

Pam said...

This is so beautiful! Thank you so much.
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

janice moss said...

Beautiful Poem. I hope that it is ok, but I posted it on my Facebook page, giving you complete credit. God Bless and thank you so much for all of your sharing!