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Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA

16 December 2012, 6:38 pm. 113 Comments. Filed under Life.

I did not write this poem. As noted, it was written by Cameo! Found on FB and was so beautiful, felt it needed to be shared!

Jesus & The Children

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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  1. Cindy. 16 December 2012, 7:44 pm

    A job well done!! You have a special gift; thank you for sharing it!

  2. Deanna Hansen. 16 December 2012, 7:45 pm

    How beautiful!  I read this to my children and had to keep composing myself to continue!  What an amazing gift for you to share in this tragic time.  
    God bless you!

  3. Rachel Bedard. 16 December 2012, 7:50 pm

    THis poem was just wonderful, I cant tell you how thankful I am for this, it is exactly what I needed to tell and read to my children. Its what we choose to believe, its the only thing that make sense out of this horrible act. May GOD bless you and may you have a wonderful Christmas…
    Thank You Again,
    Rachel Bedard

  4. Dave H.. 16 December 2012, 7:52 pm

    Thank you for this lovely poem. Do you happen to have the name of the art work you included above and the artist? I really like the depiction.
    thank you,

  5. Debbie Kennedy. 16 December 2012, 8:12 pm

    Thank you,Thank you!  I so needed this!

  6. Tracy Mazzagatti. 16 December 2012, 8:13 pm

    I am in awe of this beautiful piece of work. May it bring peace, comfort and blessings to the families and loved one’s of this incredibly horrendous and heartbreaking event. We are a lost nation and world. Come Lord Jesus, come.

  7. Beth. 16 December 2012, 8:31 pm

    Thank you for this. This is so beautiful and brings me some peace.

  8. Annette. 16 December 2012, 8:34 pm

    The Lord has blessed you richly, Cameo, thank you for shining His light on this horrific atrocity.

  9. Annette. 16 December 2012, 8:38 pm

    I took the liberty of pasting your lovely poem on my Facebook page here:
    I hope you like it.

  10. Stephanie S. 16 December 2012, 8:46 pm

    You really should have this published!

  11. Nyp. 16 December 2012, 8:59 pm

    Didn’t you have a picture of yourself on your homepage? 
    What happened to that?

  12. V.Hill. 16 December 2012, 9:09 pm

    Lovely to find on “joy” Sunday of Advent! 

  13. Lance Perry. 16 December 2012, 9:31 pm

    Bless you for writing this, like so many others this vision of peace for these children is the repair my heart needed.

  14. olbroad. 16 December 2012, 9:33 pm

    What does that have to do with anything?  For as long as I’ve had this blog, I have put up something seasonally related…hence….THE REASON.   And in answer…yes, I did.  And it will return.  Your point?

  15. Nyp. 16 December 2012, 9:43 pm

    You had the picture up until Friday, right?  Why did you take it down?  And when do you  plan on putting it back up?

  16. Gina Bryant. 16 December 2012, 9:52 pm

    Absolutely beautiful and touching. Both my husband and I cried when I read this to him.

  17. George Maxham. 16 December 2012, 10:01 pm

    Thank you for using your talent with words you are truely an messenger of God, may your life be full of joy and may you continue to touch the hears of men and woman all around the world!!

  18. Kevin williford. 16 December 2012, 10:07 pm

    Your words are so elegant and precise. It combined the time of year as well as the beauty that only our heavenly king can provide. You are a true blessing

  19. Cindy. 16 December 2012, 10:13 pm

    I just saw this posted at, so I googled your name.  I hope you don’t mind, but I posted it on my fb page. I hope it brings a little healing to others as it did to me. Thank you so much. You are truly inspirational!

  20. Drew Migone. 16 December 2012, 10:28 pm

    Hello, my name is Drew, I would like to obtain y0ur permission to make a copy of your poem and place it at the memorial that has been set up.  My husband and I along with our son live two towns over and are planning to go there tomorrow evening to pay our respects.  Your poem is truly beautiful and I feel that alot of people will find comfort in it.  Please send me a text to 203 xxx xxxx and let me know if it is okay.  Thank y0u

  21. Christina. 16 December 2012, 10:47 pm

    I found this picture and poem on FB and have read it about five times tonight.  It’s lovely and comforting.  You captured the essence of what I hope has happened to the children.  The phrase “20 beautiful stormed through heaven’s gate” gives me such comfort, and I hope the parents of the 20 children come across it and find comfort, too.  Thank you for sharing this.  God bless you and God help us all.

  22. CLG. 16 December 2012, 10:48 pm

    I just have to say…WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I absolutely cried when I read this.  I am awe struck and so impressed with this poem.   It is so evident that it is from the heart.  I’m not sure if you are Cameo Smith because I still can’t figure out how these blog things work or if you have just reposted it on your blog.  I just want to say a huge thank you for the writing of the poem.   And I am completely impressed with your blog as well.  I would love to know if you have a Facebook page that I could go to also.   Keep up the great work.      BTW….I LOVE the pic you have at the top, I guess where a profile pic would go!!!!!!!!!  AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Vikki Cerbin. 16 December 2012, 11:04 pm

    This is such a wonderful poem.  It is so fitting and so beautiful.  I have a question for you about the picture.  I saw it a few years ago where it was being sold as a print.  I am kicking myself for not having purchased it then because I cannot find it anywhere now.  Your blog is the first place that I’ve seen it again.  Is there any way that you could tell me who the artist is or how to get a copy of this picture?  It would mean the world to me.

  24. Me. 17 December 2012, 12:12 am

    I had a couple of my peeps txt me your poem And just wanted to stop by and say Thank you!! Your work is beautiful and powerful! Much love!! 

  25. olbroad. 17 December 2012, 5:57 am

    You are a moron nyp!  For the previous 2 weeks, there was a Happy Hannaka/Chanaka pic!   Don’t blame me if you’re too stupid to tell the difference between a menorah and a .38!

  26. WMJ. 17 December 2012, 6:45 am

    Beautiful poem.  Your are absolutely correct.  The two things that should be taught to every American child.  The Bible, and how to properly use a firearm.  God Bless.  Merry Christmas

  27. Gaile Long. 17 December 2012, 7:05 am

    Your poem really touched me and I have shared it with many on FB.  Can you please email it to me so I can send it to others.  Thanks so much and God Bless!

  28. nyp. 17 December 2012, 7:42 am

    When do you plan on re-posting the homepage photo of you pointing a gun at the website viewer?

  29. Debbie Kennedy. 17 December 2012, 7:45 am

    God, Himself, pinned these words through you

  30. Fran Donovan. 17 December 2012, 8:20 am

    This was the most beautiful painting and poem. I sit here in tears for the families. Hopefully everyone will get counceling after this horrific situation. Is there any way to get a copy of this photo and poem as I want to keep it forever.

  31. Karen Thompson. 17 December 2012, 9:00 am

    Debbie Kennedy is right.  I shared this, and I am so very grateful to you for putting the correct image in my mind today.  I can turn off the television now.  God bless you.

  32. stella chambers. 17 December 2012, 11:04 am

    Cameo, this Beautifully written  sad and happy poem is a Wonderful tribute to the innocent children and adults murdered.       Thank You,  Stella                  

  33. maryfrances. 17 December 2012, 11:30 am

    Your words brought light into the darkness.

  34. William Smith. 17 December 2012, 11:54 am

    @ Drew–my wife wrote the poem.  She said you are more than welcome to copy it and take it to the memorial.  Anybody can copy it and use it as long as they do not intend to make any money on it.  Thanks!

  35. Gary K.. 17 December 2012, 11:57 am

    Lovely poem.
    You are too polite to say this; but, I am not.
    “NYP is a total ass!!!!”

  36. Doug Mahnke. 17 December 2012, 12:02 pm

    Thank you so much for putting into words the unspeakable agony that ocurred last Friday.  My heart is lightened a little and I know, in time, it will heal.  May God bless us all as we celebrate His birth.  Merry Christmas.

  37. olbroad. 17 December 2012, 12:20 pm

    @William Smith  I hope Cameo knows how much comfort so many have found comfort in her words.  I felt the need to share it as it spoke to my heart.  I do apologize for the stupidity of some people who can’t see past their own internal ugliness.  I addressed some of those in a separate post.  Please thank her for me, and all those who found her words to be truly inspiring. 

  38. Jeannette Topper. 17 December 2012, 1:18 pm

    BEAUTIFULLY written. Thank u! Brought tears of joy that someone wrote what I was thinking as well. 

  39. Sheila McLean. 17 December 2012, 1:26 pm

    saw this on facebook, have been trying to find site so i could print hardcopy for my grandchildren, it is a beautiful way to explain what happened to the children.
    thank you

  40. Val. 17 December 2012, 1:38 pm

    This made me cry. Thanks for sharing this beautiful thought! 

  41. Valerie Kovich. 17 December 2012, 1:40 pm

    This made me cry, more than I have already . Thank you and God Bless!

  42. olbroad. 17 December 2012, 1:58 pm

    Y’all thank Cameo, and whoever posted it on Facebook where I found it.  :)

  43. John F. Clarke. 17 December 2012, 2:13 pm

    Thank you for posting that poem. I had tears in eyes and all I can say is thank you and God will bless you for posting ti.

  44. Drea. 17 December 2012, 3:41 pm

    Shame on the author of poem for using the deaths of children for their political agenda of promoting their own specific religion in public schools. I propose a rewrite that is more loving, open, and compassionate (and with better meter!). With all due respect to author Cameo Smith, my version here:
    ‘Twas a few days ‘fore Christmas, in the morning, not late,
    when 20 small children stormed through heaven’s gate.
    They laughed and they smiled as they entered the place,
    its beauty and wonder shone bright in each face.
    Filled only with joy, they had not a care,
    and no recollection of what brought them there.
    “Where are we?” asked one child, as shy as a mouse.
    Said another, “It’s heaven – we’re here at God’s house!”
    When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
    but the Lord as he gathered the children all near.
    He smiled at them and they smiled just the same,
    Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
    And they answered His call “Hello, God! Hi, Elohim!
    It’s Allah! Jehovah! It is He, it is Hashem.”
    That moment brought joy only heaven can know
    as the children were calmly embraced in the glow
    of love and compassion, of glory and grace.
    Then one girl turned and looked up at God’s holy face.
    And as if He could read all the questions she had, 
    He just said, “I’ll take care of your mom and your dad.”
    Then He looked down on earth, at the world far below
    and saw all the hurt, all the sorrow and woe.
    With His heart now expanding He outstretched His hand,
    and exclaimed, “Let my love flow all over this land!
    May all you who know me unite all as one,
    Mother and daughter, father and son.
    Not Christian, not Muslim, not Hindu or Jew,
    but all souls of one spirit now learning anew
    what it means to acknowledge the powerful truth
    of our shared human spirit, all under one roof.
    However you know me, it matters no more
    for to all of your souls I will open my door.
    Now gather together, my children, as one
    and we’ll go and show everyone how it is done.”
    Then he silently rose, and with children in tow,
    He followed a path we will all someday know.
    The children walked with Him, some skipped and some ran,
    exploring with gusto as all children can!
    And I heard God proclaim as He walked out of sight,
    “In the midst of all darkness, let love be your light.”
    ~ Drea Gray, 2012

  45. lynne dunn. 17 December 2012, 3:58 pm

    thank you for this poem when all this went down that is exactly how i pictured those 20 beautifull children going to heaven and landing in the arms of jesus.

  46. carl chapman. 17 December 2012, 6:16 pm

    Steve Wood has read and mixed it. I like it without watching the video. The words alone are perfect.

  47. olbroad. 17 December 2012, 7:16 pm

    @Drew  I x’d out your phone number.  I didn’t notice it until the Mr pointed it out.  No offense intended, but I don’t want the left wing lunatics to be harassing you, or any of my readers.  Hope you understand.  :)

  48. Marsha Westfall. 17 December 2012, 8:41 pm

    I was so moved and inspired by your poem I included it in my blog (giving you credit of course). Thank you for your words and for helping find some comfort during this difficult tragic event. Keep writing Ms. Smith…you have a true talent and thank you for allowing others to share your work!

  49. Colleen. 17 December 2012, 9:38 pm

    Shame on you Drea Gray for taking a beautiful poem and trying to ” one up it “

  50. Bob Mac. 17 December 2012, 9:52 pm

    Cameo, just another thanks for posting this cause it deffently a heart healing read.If any one thinks different they have NO FAITH what so ever. I have had the best year i can remember for having the holiday cheer,so much I’ve been playing Santa Claus. The cheer ended on Friday afternoon when i learnd of the tragidy which like many just ripped my heart out and drained my tear ducts. My heart finaly started to heal once i went to GOD’s house on Sunday where i had help Praying on the matter,which helped get back in the spirit to put my Santa suit on once again that evening and protray that great Saint one more time for the year.
                                            GOD BLESS ALL and Merry Chrustmas

  51. olbroad. 17 December 2012, 10:40 pm

    @Colleen  I was thinking the same thing, but since I do try to be fair.  :?

  52. Susan. 17 December 2012, 10:50 pm

    Thank you!!!!

  53. Waje1. 18 December 2012, 2:20 am

    @drea gray- no, the original is better, sorry :) how rediculous that you re write someone’s poem and then sign your name…lol. With all due respect to the author, after you shame her? Lmao

  54. ingrid. 18 December 2012, 3:10 am

    Dank je Dank je wel voor deze prachtige woorden !!

  55. cindy. 18 December 2012, 3:12 am

    Thank you,  for your good insight to share this lovely poem.  It says a lot about a person who is the one that read and felt, then shared … the way to that  place in our hearts, our souls and our minds … that we all desperately needed to go, but in the mist of it all, could not find. 

  56. Suzy walker. 18 December 2012, 4:31 am

    This just made me cry, because it is so true…Holy spirit inspired words…Thankyou just beautiful..xx

  57. Suzy walker. 18 December 2012, 4:33 am

    @ Drea Gray ….Poem is not the same with out our LORD JESUS CHRIST IN IT…

  58. keslee. 18 December 2012, 4:50 am
    is the website of the artwork: Artist Nathan Greene
    Such beauty in your very healing poem.

  59. Ruthann w. wheeler. 18 December 2012, 5:37 am

    This poem is the first tug I felt to  soothe my aching heart. Thank you Cameo Smith.

  60. Linda Powell. 18 December 2012, 6:34 am

    This is so beautiful and very comforting….I have shared it with many….I believe that a very similar thing happened that day.  I pray our nation will be smart enough to know that God is calling to us back to Him.   Thank you for these words.  Linda Powell

  61. Ruthann Rocque. 18 December 2012, 7:24 am

    Thank you.  God Bless all of those families and our country.  This has to stop.

  62. Ernie. 18 December 2012, 7:52 am

    A great poem. Enjoyed it.

  63. April McDaniel. 18 December 2012, 10:03 am

    This is so beautiful! It brought tears to my eyes!!

  64. Pam. 18 December 2012, 12:56 pm

     Drea Gray no one is telling you to beleive, but you have no right telling me I shouldn’t.

  65. Pam. 18 December 2012, 1:01 pm

     This is beutiful and a real comfort for those of us in Connecticut.  This helped some of  us explain this tragedy to our children.

  66. Carly. 18 December 2012, 3:49 pm

    I had to share this poem when I read it in my FaceBook feed. In a time of utter chaos, fear and sadness, these words provide comfort and ease of sorrow. I wish that I could read it over a loud speaker to the entire world. Peace on Earth and god bless! <3 from St. Paul, MN

  67. Elizabeth. 18 December 2012, 5:18 pm

    this poem was absolutely beautiful, i received it in an email through work and forwarded it to many of my friends and coworkers to perhaps bring a little piece to what is a horrible tragedy! thanks for writing this you are truly talented.

  68. Mary Diecidue. 18 December 2012, 5:52 pm


  69. Debbie Kennedy. 18 December 2012, 9:52 pm

    Sorry someone could not write their own poem and had to infringe, as usual.  Isn’t that just like the original deceiver. Thank you, again

  70. Connie A. 18 December 2012, 10:13 pm

    I have read this poem several times and it brings tears to my eyes every time.  God Bless everyone one affected by the tragedy.  May this poem bring some sort of comfort to these families.  Thank you for sharing this.  Someday soon HE is coming back to be our King!   

  71. Natasha. 19 December 2012, 12:24 am

    What a beautiful poem and thank you for sharing, it allows us to see Gods perspective of the situation.

  72. Linda. 19 December 2012, 1:40 am

    This is such a beautiful poem. It made me feel as if there really is a light at the end of this tunnel we call life. I’d all but forgotten that light is Jesus Christ. Regardless of what anybody may say, these children and the adults that died on that horrific day this week are now at peace with the Lord. Their laughter and joy are filling the heavens and they will inherit the kingdom of God. May we all be at peace with this knowledge, and realize that good will overcome evil…….alwaya.

  73. Linda. 19 December 2012, 6:47 am

    This is so Beautiful. I hope and pray it will give some light at the end of the day.

  74. Cappy Moore. 19 December 2012, 9:15 am

    Would you give us permission to print this in our bulletin?  It is lovely and comforting.  We would give due credit.
    Permission needed soon, as bulletin goes to publisher in a few hours.

  75. olbroad. 19 December 2012, 9:25 am

    @Cappy  I wouldn’t have a problem, but I would ask the actual author.  No idea how to get in touch with her though.  I’m sure she meant it to be shared by as many as possible.   So, honestly, I’d say yes… as long as it is attributed to her, Cameo Smith.

  76. Tim. 19 December 2012, 9:50 am

    Hello Cameo,
    Thank you So Much for writing such a Beautiful poem! I read this last night and again this morning and cryed both times for the comfort it has given me and all those who have read this. I have a 5 yr old child and can’t imagine the difficulty the families of these victims are going through.  You are a Beautiful Human Being!!

  77. duchess. 19 December 2012, 9:51 am

    thank you Cameo and Drea…you both said it all, and correctly. The lucky ones are the children who not have to see or read the “dribble” that comes from ignorant folks that have an ax to grind. This is the mess our country is in…wake up!!

  78. Rose Goulet. 19 December 2012, 10:07 am

    Please thank Cameo for all of us…that was a beautiful heartfelt peom, she or he is truly talented

  79. Peggy Mullis. 19 December 2012, 10:13 am

    I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your writing.  I have never read such a touching message.  You don’t know me but I can tell by the size of your heart what type of caring person you are.  May God bless you for such a calming message to the parents of these small children.  I lost a child several years ago and I know that she is in heaven also which helps me cope.

  80. Marie. 19 December 2012, 10:24 am

    Cameo, thanks for sharing these wonderful words of peace  to a grieving nation.  He knew who to choose and you obeyed. 

  81. Pam. 19 December 2012, 10:26 am

    Thank you Cameo!    However it was found, it is beautiful and I am grateful you “shared”  your find.  The tears, sadness and joy flowed as I read the verses and envisoned the scene.  I hope someday it will help those in Newtown.   

  82. Starr. 19 December 2012, 1:37 pm

    Cameo, I cannot express how your words made  me and others feel ( I am sure) when I read this. Just when I started to question why God let this happen you have restored my faith. Thank you! God Bless you and a Thank you to Olboad for all that she has done to promote it.

  83. gina. 19 December 2012, 5:00 pm

    beautiful poem! God does belong in our schools I remember as a child reading the Bible at school and saying the Lord’s prayer, Canada and the USA are Christian countries and we must not forget that. Let Jesus back in our schools. all of those who critisized this poem you’ll get yours on Judgement day. may God Bless all. Don’t forget to keep Christ in Christmas this year! 

  84. Kathleen. 19 December 2012, 5:20 pm

    Thank you, Cameo for such a beautiful poem.  May the good Lord be with the families and the community of Newtown, CT.

  85. Rochelle. 19 December 2012, 5:38 pm

    May you continue to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.  The words were  God Breathed into your spirit, to our eyes and ears.  Thank you Cameo for your faithfulness to the Creator God and His Son Jesus Christ. May the Lord continue to use your gift for His Glory.

  86. Ce. 19 December 2012, 5:45 pm

    TO:  Drea. 17 December 2012
    The original poem is beautiful and healing. Thank you, Cameo~~
            Your version could be beautiful and healing EXCEPT that your spirit of intention was to lessen the previous works. It is sad that you had to make accusations of the use of Christianity in order to be inclusive. I could not even read your entire poem because you started out with a statement TO SHAME.  We embrace our diversity of Spirit by Loving ALL SPIRIT. Your very attitude undermined your attempt. Peace Is Possible as We No Longer have to correct and ‘Fix” others as we Share and Care. Love. Namaste~~

  87. janice. 19 December 2012, 5:51 pm

    @Cameo, God Bless You! absolutely beautiful.
    @Drea: PBBLLTT can’t you leave well enough alone!
    Go rearrange someone else’s work to make you happy!

  88. janice. 19 December 2012, 5:53 pm

    Thanks to olbroad for posting.

  89. Lise Arnal. 19 December 2012, 6:11 pm

    This poem is so moving, could hold back the tears.  I am very grateful to you for sharing such emotion.

  90. Pat Percy Lytle. 19 December 2012, 7:42 pm

    Thank you for this beautiful poem.  It is now circulating in our village of Rancho Murieta in California. 

  91. Pattie Mcfalls. 20 December 2012, 7:21 am

    Thank you, what a gift.  Somehow it made my heart feel a littler lighter!

  92. Susan McCarthy, RDC. 20 December 2012, 8:41 am

    I would like to use a part of your poem on a blog of the Sisters of Divine Compassion.  May I use it and credit you?
    Susan McCarthy, RDC

  93. olbroad. 20 December 2012, 9:05 am

    @ Susan  I’m sure as long as she is given credit, Cameo Smith wouldn’t mind. 

  94. pat. 20 December 2012, 9:29 am

    Not only is this a beautiful poem , it is truly inspirational. My granddaughter in Mich. shared it w/ me and I shared w/ all my friends in Tn. One comment from a friend was, “My heart has been breaking for these children and now I can feel some comfort for them”. You have a blessed talent, thank you for sharing.
    pat in Tn.

  95. christine. 20 December 2012, 9:40 am

    please email me this it is BEAUTIFUL I want our pastor to read it to the church tonight …thanks may God bless ?merry Christmas?

  96. steve mitzner. 20 December 2012, 9:49 am

    @Drea. 17 December
    Thanks Drea for your corruption demonstration. Not as good as your master did in the garden. But he could appear as a serpent, not fair for you. Keep up the “good” work… You will get yours in the end! Maybe you should do a, Piss Cameo prose…. Then shove it, up your nose!  Cameo’s poem made my cry, but I just want To, spit in your eye.      Love Steve M    Lakewood Ca.

  97. olbroad. 20 December 2012, 9:52 am

    @ Christine  It’s quite easy to copy and paste into an email, or onto a word processing program. But if I remember when we reach our destination….I can send the link, if that would help? Brain’s not quite functional yet. :D

  98. Ronda Breaux. 20 December 2012, 9:57 am

    please email me acopy of this to my facebook page  this has really touched my heart and brought tears my eyes as I was reading it  the whole incident in Connecticut really sickened me and made my heart break as if those were my own children  God bless you for this amazing rendition  truly yours, Ronda Breaux

  99. Becky. 20 December 2012, 10:36 am

    CAMEO SMITH – A man of God indeed.  We thank you all acrss the nation! 
    Love, TEXAS

  100. Tiina Nummela. 20 December 2012, 11:08 am

    Dear Cameo: While I appreciate your efforts to bring sense out of the horrific carnage in Newtown, CT, I must say the poem, ’twas 11 days before Christmas struck a wrong cord in me. As far as I am concerned, the poem is trying to sugar cote an awful tradegy that cannot be “made better” by any means. It is only by being there for one another during times of sorrow that we can bring solace and peace – not by saccarine words that mean nothing at best and, at their worst just add insult to injury. There are no words to explain the loss of a child/children be it due to illness, accident, or violence. This poem is not helpful as it intimates that these kids are better off dead than alive and that their parents are now looked after by Jesus. No, kids need to be alive and parents need to be able to raise them instead of burying them. And in case you wonder, I am a Christian and live in the hope of resurrection with its wonderful surprises.

  101. Ce. 20 December 2012, 11:25 am
    This is the poem that Dr. Phil and Robin read at the end of the show yesterday, written by Cameo Smith, posted above. This u-tube version read by Steve Wood  is heartbreaking, but beyond beautiful and so worth listening to.  My dedication to Mattie J. Stepanek Foundation: Peace Is Possible, Mattie, someday. May We Heal. May We Love. May We Care About, and For, Others.  Prayers to the Families For Healing. Ce

  102. angel. 20 December 2012, 3:31 pm

    This poem was very moving and I shared it with my friends on facebook. Thanks Cameo

  103. Linda Romans. 20 December 2012, 3:48 pm

    What a wonderful way to remember these children and their families.  I could not read it without crying.  It really touched my heart and I only hope that everyone who reads this feels the same way.  

  104. Jack Hill. 21 December 2012, 3:04 pm

    God bless  you Cameo Smith, as one who loves God, and poetry, I commend you on an excellent work. You have exalted the Saviour, and with assurance have placed the precious children of Newtown, Ct. where they will never be hurt again.

  105. rippin51. 21 December 2012, 5:53 pm

    The reading of this missive brought me so much relief from the tears I had shed. To Drea on the other version..I must answer, both were beautiful, but the original version was written for AMERICAN, CHRISTIAN CHILDREN. Please remember that Americans Pray to God.

  106. Christine. 21 December 2012, 10:32 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this glimmer of hope in such a horrible tragedy. That is indeed the only good thing to come out of this, those precious ones are truly in peace & safe forever in His presence. Beautifully written poetry…

  107. Steve W. 22 December 2012, 11:48 am

    @   Tiina Nummela. 20 December
    I don’t appreciate your type duplicity & haughty condescension.
    Your feeble attempt to, excrement coat Cameo Smith’s Godley work, says a lot about You.!
    To a real Christian, your (sic) “tradegy that cannot be “made better” by any means”,    Is,  Sick!
    Your sick, [Rorschach like], interpretation That the author “intimates that these kids are better off dead”, Scares me, [your acting delusional] it comes from a sick place! & “This poem is not helpful” Who are you trying to convince? The 99% of Christians who love it ??? Your debauching critique of Cameo’s inspiring work, is what you Godless type do “best.”
    PS. Your, “And in case you wonder” [Christian] question?… I don’t, …you’ve already expose yourself.   ie. [ You shouldn’t coment on Spiritual  stuff that you know nothing about.]   
      Hopefuley [you willing]  God will wise you up.  Good luck, love.  Steve

  108. joansullivan. 22 December 2012, 2:13 pm

    I was stunned to read negative comments.  Poem was filled with the Holy Spirit and gave me much comfort.   Too bad it was not recognized by everyone.  Joan S.

  109. olbroad. 22 December 2012, 2:18 pm

    @ joan  Found them quite distressing myself.  However, those types show themselves to be exactly what they are….  And I’ll leave it at that.  :|

  110. Jim Canell. 23 December 2012, 11:48 am

    I needed the image of this poem to help me make it through these dark days.
    Thank you for this.

  111. Don Rechtman. 23 December 2012, 9:54 pm

    Here’s my response to the poem:
    Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
    when 20 beautiful children met their sad fate.
    Their smiles disappeared, their laughter, their joys.
    As their lives were all taken, young girls and young boys.
    Their families were stricken, and in every house
    No creature left unmoved, not even a mouse.
    For what they all knew was what happened that day
    Their loved ones were lost; there was nothing to say.
    The people all gathered and cried as they prayed,
    And talked and remembered the children who played.
    They said God’s the answer to help them get through
    Their sorrows, so now there was nothing to do.
    Then one little child asked (a sister or brother)
    “Could this happen to me, or to another?”
    The parents, awakened by this to the “now,”
    Said “Never again, but what to do? How?”
    They banded together, and thought long and hard
    Till one said “Its simple: give each school a guard!”
    But children were frightened, and cried with dismay
    “That’s not the solution, that’s just not the way!”
    The parents and families and friends realized
    The children spoke truth, saw the fear in their eyes.
    “The guns have to go, for the tables have turned,
    We think of the children and the lessons we’ve learned.”
    But some shouted “Foul!” and we heard some loud voices
    Who argued of dangers of making such choices.
    But most, who were fed up, followed the call
    Till guns left the streets, every one, one and all.
    Now children go to their schools without fear
    Joy has returned, happiness and good cheer.
    Now their days can be merry, their days can be bright,
    And when evening appears, all can have a good night!
    Don Rechtman
    24 December 2012

  112. Naeem Lone. 24 December 2012, 11:19 am

    Gifted !!

  113. MacGyver44. 25 December 2012, 9:52 am

    Don Rechtman. 23 December 2012
    I see a direct correlation between removing God’s wisdom
    and guidance from our once free and abundant nation, and it’s
    Laws, and the Trail of Tears, the nations now in.
    Removing God’s love from Cameo’s poem & looking to
    a corrupted & corrupting government, [The cause] for solutions,
    to me smacks of insanity.
    The God inspired founding Fathers knew to love God,
    & fear Government.
    That is why they documented, “All men are endowed by
    there creator with inalienable rights.” [see 2nd. Amendment]
    Your solution of ,… Government banning guns,
    [that can be used to stop evil] opens the door for more evil,
    [ googol] Democide & Gun Bans. [you will be surprised]
    In closing I wonder how many grieving sobbing parents out there,
    support taxpayer funded, Late Term Abortions, and the new,
    Post Natal Abortion / infanticide plan?
       Good luck and may God bless you & this nation!     Mac