February 9, 2016

Silence projects hope words can’t encompass

Rhonda Humble
The tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary with 26 dead is unfathomable.
As the news unfolded, I wanted to cry, to reach out and hug someone, to scream, to do something, blame someone, or hear something that would explain and fill the void and ease the pain of so much senseless suffering.
But, like so many others, I feel helpless.
With millions of words already written, and hours of broadcast and internet time provided, there are no words I can add.
But sometimes in silence we can intuit the thoughts that are too deep to wrap words around.
So I share with you my silence, and for those of you who pray, I ask you to take a moment. For those of you who do not pray, turn the page and know my prayers will be with you.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13
Smile at someone today.


  1. Judith Rogers says:

    I want to share this writing I saw today. Ah, the fools……….we deal with them every day in one way or the other and perhaps sometimes I am the fool myself unknowlingly…………..in my opinion, however, I do not believe more guns out there on the streets, in our schools, etc. is the answer to our problems. May God guide each and every one of us to bring about a better, more caring, peaceful world.


    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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