Sunday, December 16, 2012

December Sorrow

    My last post was about how December is a month for and about children. It was titled 'December Joy' and  I  recalled my own childhood as I pulled Christmas out of the attic, relived our children's Christmases  and planned  for more  magic  for our beautiful four-year old grandson.

    I was writing and posting my photos and recollections, forming some haiku as I went along last Friday morning.  No TV, no radio just me and my poetry.  So it was an enormous shock to discover what had transpired while I was writing about the joy and innocence of Christmas.  It was an enormous shock no matter how or when one heard the news.

   I am heart-broken......devastated.......  bereft of words.......filled with sadness like everyone else.

  At the heart of Christmas, of course, is the Holy One who came as a vulnerable child to teach the world about love. The One who always let the children come to Him.  I have no doubt He weeps with us today.

  All I can do is pray....... for the children, their parents, grandparents and siblings, friends and neighbors. All the ones for whom Christmas will never again be wrapped in joyful memories.   May they be consoled.

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  1. I agree ~ they are in my prayers as there is little we can do to change the madness of the situation ~ cept pray ~ hugs to you ~

    (A Creative Harbor ~ aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

  2. The is little we can do put pray at this point. Fortunately, it is powerful medicine.

  3. We can only pray for peace and love ~ Have a good week ~

  4. I pray that hearts are not hardened, and minds are not twisted by the horror of this. For hardened hearts and twisted minds are the root cause, and the endless chain of cause and effect, cause and effect, cause and effect, must be broken. Love alone can break it.

  5. dear barbara,

    thank you for your honest words, your tenderness and prayer. one by one may we hold each other up and live day by day, our thoughts, words and actions holding up the highest and best good for all.

  6. So difficult to understand how things like this happen:(

  7. As a retired teacher, this hits so hard ... every time I close my eyes, I see classes that I've had over the years. All those innocent children. I count my blessings that I was never put in such a horrific position, but I also get very teary thinking of those children and teachers facing such malcontent and mis-guided anger and sickness. May God care for all concerned ...

  8. Healing prayers for you and the families and children in CT ~

    (A Creative Harbor aka ArtMusedog and Carol ^_^)

  9. Dear Barbara, I think there were many of us on Friday, completely and utterly aware of what was happening, still unimaginable to all of us, going about life with joy in our hearts... For me, that is also a gift we can give the world, the innocence of our joy, of our memories, of these threads of how precious it is to be human and to love. I have had to refocus myself again and again, it is all I can do. And when I feel those threads of joy... like your Christmas musings, I open my heart as fully as I can and receive your gift with every ounce of being. Much love to you, may our prayers weave together with our love...

  10. All we can do is pray, yes, for the victims and also for the mentally ill, making governments to put those poor insane people in proper places so that they can't harm innocent children or other people.
    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    A hug,

  11. Barbara, so well put--exactly how I felt--prayers and hope that people learn that guns need better gun laws.


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