T’was 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.”
And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
“In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”

(This poem, written by Cameo Smith, honors the children killed last Friday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.)

We read in the Gospel of Matthew: Then Herod… put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under…”  (Matthew 2:16). Think of the children who stormed heaven’s gates shortly after the first Christmas.

There is much in this life that makes no sense until we have an upper story and an eternal dimension to what we believe.  The eternal dimension is the most important dimension of our existence.  It can make sense out of some of the inexplicable tragedy caused by evil.

One Response to T’was 11 days before Christmas

  1. Wendy Lundeen says:

    I am an editor for Fine Lines here in Omaha and we would like permission to print your poem in our journal. Can you include a bio also? We would be so grateful. Thank you,
    Wendy Lundeen

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