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  • Sandy Turner: See the world through the eyes of a child

  • As much as I tried to write about all the joy in which Christmas brings, I can't quit thinking about the 20 first graders whose presents will never be opened or the six adults whose lives ended because they were taking care of those children.

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  • As much as I tried to write about all the joy in which Christmas brings, I can't quit thinking about the 20 first graders whose presents will never be opened or the six adults whose lives ended because they were taking care of those children.
    I struggled to not start this column about the sadness we have all felt, but I couldn't. We've heard so much about this tragedy as the media continues to report, now on their funerals. I continue to listen, as it's the only thing I can give to them now, my attention. Hearing their names being read by one of the commentators and watching their bright, shiny faces flash on the screen, my heart aches for their innocence.
    It's not the first time there's been a mass shooting and unfortunately it probably won't be the last. The shooter took the easy way out and killed himself, so our answers of why will never be answered. Even though he isn't here to be held accountable for his actions, I believe he has been judged and will pay for all eternity.
    There are so many things to worry about within our society, it seems overwhelming. I worry and I don't have a problem with adults worrying, but how are we going to shield the children from the gloom and doom? Unless your home is without a TV or radio, it's almost certain they will be exposed to learning about the bad things people do.
    Children see the world through rose colored glasses and accept it, as it is. They can find happiness anytime and anywhere. Whether they're digging in the dirt or sitting on Santa's lap, it's a world full of finding and then capturing every single moment of joy that is available. They trust without judgment, and love without conditions as they look toward their futures, believing anything is possible. These characteristics of our children sound a lot like those of the person whose birthday will be celebrated on Christmas.
    He never made a promise that it was going to be easy, nor did He promise to take away all evil. His promise was a simple one, to love us, just as we are. To give us comfort in troubling times and to renew our faith with every sunrise, with every baby born and by giving us the freedom to choose our own journeys, in this lifetime, and forever.
    We can't escape from the evil things people say and do, but we can embrace all that is good and let it be our guiding light through the darkness. This generation of children shouldn't have to live with the fear of going to the mall, movie theater and, most importantly, school. It's up to us to help them learn there is more good than bad in this world. We can't rely on anyone but ourselves to show them all the wonderful things in life.
    Page 2 of 2 - Let's all be children this Christmas and take delight in the love that surrounds us from our family, our friends and in all that is good.
    “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
    Sandy Turner lives in Independence. Email her at sandydownhome@hotmail.com
     
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