To say that we are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Connecticut does not begin to express our feelings about this horrific event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and all who have been touched by this terrible act. We, like everybody, have been shaken to the core, and even though we cannot help directly we want to provide a way for our family and yours to express our concern. Therefore, at Labby Memorial Funeral Homes in, Leesville and DeRidder we have placed register books for the community to come by and sign that will be forwarded to Connecticut, If you wish to extend a personal card or remarks to the families, you may do so at our website – www.labbymemorial.com. Financial assistance can also be sent to Newtown Rotary Sandy Hook School Fund, P.O. Box 263, Newtown, CT 06482.
"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."
Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA
Published in Leesville Daily Leader on Dec. 18, 2012