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Tribute to children from Sandy Hook (sent to me by a friend)

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A friend sent this to me. I'm not sure how I feel about the message of the poem making a parallel to the 12 days of Christmas, but maybe it has some value.

The poem itself is touching. I'm so sorry for those kids and families. As I shared with my 13 yo dd, those victims (kids and adults) were someone's daughter, son, sister, brother, Mom, cousin and on and on. These families will now experience an empty seat at the dinner table and 1 less person on Christmas.

 

Does anyone else think like this?

 

 

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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I hate this kind of stuff. I also dislike all the pictures on fb of Jesus welcoming the children. I must have seen 4 so far. I understand others like it but I'm not a fan.

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I hate this kind of stuff. I also dislike all the pictures on fb of Jesus welcoming the children. I must have seen 4 so far. I understand others like it but I'm not a fan.

 

 

I agree. As a parent I now fully understand the disgust my mother expressed at a sermon/funeral for the children of a family friend killed in an auto accident when I was younger. At that time the minister kept saying it was "god's plan" and the children were in a better place....and they now had god's love more perfect than any here on earth. How exactly does this console those left behind? In retrospect, the mother of those children left that church soon after......and I can't imagine a more devout Christian, someone who would in theory love such strong "going home to jesus" imagery. But theory and reality are two very different things, especially to the parents of a dead child.

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I agree. As a parent I now fully understand the disgust my mother expressed at a sermon/funeral for the children of a family friend killed in an auto accident when I was younger. At that time the minister kept saying it was "god's plan" and the children were in a better place....and they now had god's love more perfect than any here on earth. How exactly does this console those left behind? In retrospect, the mother of those children left that church soon after......and I can't imagine a more devout Christian, someone who would in theory love such strong "going home to jesus" imagery. But theory and reality are two very different things, especially to the parents of a dead child.

 

We were posting at the same time.

You said exactly what I was thinking, but couldn't come up with words for besides "tacky."

My step-MIL is a devout Christian and I know she was not at all comforted when people told her it was "God's plan" when her adult son was killed by a drunk driver.

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I believe it is the Night Before Christmas, not 12 days.

 

There are a lot of levels of wrong with that poem.

 

That is the kind of stuff that embarasses me -I feel it reflects poorly on the Christian faith.

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All of it sickens me. The tributes and poems and "wear school colors" and "create snowflake wonderlands" are all about drawing attention to and comforting the persons who take part in them. They don't bring back the victims or console their families. Snowy wonderland to comfort the surviving school children will only remind them of why they need comforting. IMO, it's like making the tragedy about (general) you.

 

The message of this poem is truly callous.

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