27 Ribbons In The Sky
By April Byrd on December 18, 2012
Yesterday December 17, 2012 Everyone was urged to wear Green and White in memorial of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Sandy Hook Elementary school colors are green and white. I saw the post a day before on my facebook page and had every intention to find whatever clothes I could put together that were green and white, but with so many other priorities on my mind I got dressed... off to pay my car note in a silver and blue striped tunic dress and some jeans. It didn't hit me until I was in the car that I was supposed to be wearing green and white.
|They are ribbons in the sky.|
At that moment a great Idea popped into my head: "stop by the store and make some green and white ribbon, pin it on your clothes." Awesome! OK brain! I most certainly will do that...just then another great idea popped up: go a step further make green and white ribbons, sell them in front of Walmart $2 a piece; goal $500 and donate the funds to the United Way Connecticut's Sandy Hook account. That was most Awesome I thought to myself. So I dropped everything I was doing whatever plans I had for the day and proceeded to go raise this Sandy Hook money. Even though I work there, WalMart told me I needed an official letterhead to do such a thing at the store. Bummer! Off to Salvation Army I went, only basically to hear the same thing. It was kind of disheartening but I do still plan on achieving that goal in some way.
"11 Days Before Christmas"
We were all shocked and stunned as the reports from the Newtown, Connecticut massacre were covered over the weekend. I read this parody of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Facebook - written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA. Read and may it bring comfort to you.
“‘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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