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Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve

I was thinking what to write today and then received again something that had been written about the children who lost their lives so suddenly at school; I found it rather consoling to read and so pass it on without any idea of the author.
Sandy Hook Elementary School

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, at 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."

May each of you have a quiet day to prepare for the New Year - with or without resolutions. I think it helps to take at least one or two New Year Resolutions and remember what I was told as a young nun: "If you have made the right resolution, you will be breaking it!" That is how we know it is the right resolution for us - we will fall but get up and start again. With God's help we may achieve whatever we have resolved. I am thinking of one that demands action and one that is more not doing and we will see how this goes as today I will take time to look over the past year and talk to Jesus about it and what He wants from me for the New Year and will write it in my Journal!

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