11 Days Before Christmas 2012

A repost because everything still applies to right now.

Christmas Eve service 2012

As I sat in church last night and held my two year old in my lap, stroking his hair and kissing his face, our pastor recited the following...

...in honor of the precious, precious kids who were killed in Newtown, CT.

11 Days Before Christmas 2012

'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 hand 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 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



Merry Christmas friends.


  1. That was beautiful! Merry Christmas!

  2. Beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. I saw that last week, just so beautiful. Thanks for reposting it.
    Merry Christmas!

  4. Thigh is is beautiful - I got chills reading it! HE IS STILL THE LIGHT!!! Merry Christmas!!!!

  5. Amazing. I love this. I think I'll share.

  6. Wow, so beautiful. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

    xx Emily @ laughliveandshop.blogspot.com

  7. Beautiful. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, Raven! xoxo

  8. Beautiful! Perfectly written, thanks for sharing:) Merry Christmas lady!

  9. This poem still makes me cry, no matter how many times I read it. Thanks for sharing it again with me.
    Merry Christmas!
    Oh, Just Living the Dream

  10. That brought tears to my eyes.
    Merry Christmas to you & yours Raven!


  11. That was so beautiful!!!! Hope ya'll had a Merry Christmas!

  12. That is a beautiful poem and I'm sure it's very comforting to everyone to read it, maybe somehow taking some of the sting away from the tragedy.

    However, it is bunk. To think that a loving God would be excited to have 20 dead children "with him" in heaven is not only ridiculous but also insulting to God.
    God made humans to live forever on earth, not die as children to be taken to "his house".

    1. I was waiting for this comment, and of course anon you did not disappoint!

      Actually, God did NOT make humans to live forever on earth. That's just silly, now who did you hear that from? And the children weren't "dead" when they went to Heaven. But I also assume I am talking to someone who knows nothing about most things so this is where I'll end.

  13. Wow. That's beautiful! Thanks for sharing Raven!

  14. Hi Raven - Psalm 37:29 - the righteous shall inherit the earth and the shall reside FOREVER UPON IT.

    The Lords Prayer: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done ON EARTH as it is in heaven.

    The meek shall inherit THE EARTH.

    And what? They weren't dead when they went to heaven? Seriously? People can go to heaven without dying. Okay.....

  15. Yeah, that poem didn't do anything for me either.

  16. There were several Jewish children that died in the Newtown massacre. It is completely insensitive to regurgitate some vapid poem about "spending Christmas with God". God, you are a terrible person Raven.

    Oh, and P.S. - you are looking TERRIBLE lately! Terrible!

    1. I honestly find it fascinating and extremely sad that people have so much hate and sadness in their heart that they spend valuable living time reading blogs they don't like and insulting people they don't know. Instead of spending time doing thing for others and trying to brighten a random persons day some choose to willingly make their own day worse. It is so easy to bash and judge and criticize on the Internet and it is just toxic - to yourself even more than others. Being happy and positive is a choice, one I can only hope more people choose to practice because people like you who set out to make someone's day WORSE are what is wrong with our culture today, not someone who happens to share a poem that personally helped her and may help give someone else comfort. They may not be your beliefs but that is the beauty of the Internet...you can just hit the little "x" and move on to a new page.

    2. Yes, Rachel, some people have way too much time on their hands. Like time to write the world's longest run-on sentence to lecture someone they don't know in defense of someone else they don't know. Amazing.

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