“……for such is the Kingdom of Heaven”

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM.

No attempt at humor today. I can’t get those school kids off my mind. Six and seven year olds! Can you imagine the laughter and joy that lay ahead of them? Can you imagine a more innocent group? I think of touchdowns not scored. Proms not attended. Hugs forever snuffed out.

I love young people ten hundred per cent more than I do old folks. I enjoy the laughter, the spontaneity and the wide openness of their little eyes. I like that they don’t complain or make excuses. I like that they don’t step gingerly around the mud puddle, they jump right in with both feet. If you “make a face” at them” they don’t get mad or think you are an idiot—they “make a face” right back at you!   

It is incomprehensible what happened at Newtown, Connecticut. And I’m mad and my heart hurts and I’m lost as all get out here to understand how we could reach such a place in our society.

I thought we lived in the home of the brave and the land of the free. When did “things” get so far off track? Did it start with Halloween? Remember when you could go trick or treating without your mom? Nobody was going to harm a group of little kids walking up and down the streets collecting candy. Cars stopped a half a block away to let them pass. Porch lights were on all over town to light the way. There was no danger of a razor blade in the Baby Ruth or arsenic in the Milk Duds.

Now, for Halloween, we rope off a section down town and have a “controlled” candy hunt. It’s safe and I appreciate that. But isn’t it also a statement about where we are in this country today?

Maybe it started with “Star Wars” where we learned there was a dark side. Or “Terminator II” where there was a shooting and killing and mass mayhem in near ’bout every scene. Or those dark cults where they throw chicken bones about and have blood sacrifices. Or maybe it started when that lady in North Carolina ran her car off into the pond…..with her children in it!        

Somewhere along the line, human life stopped being as valuable as I was raised to believe it to be. Whatever happened to “red and yellow, black and white; they are precious in His sight”? We learned to share early in life. We learned that no one gets their way all the time. And we learned to respect each other’s rights, both property and self.

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