The Spirit of Christmas 2012

Thoughts To Honor Our 20 New Little Angels From Newtown, CT                      And Their Heroic Protectors

I did hug my children in gratitude last night. And I prayed for those families grieving. I heard a lady on the radio who drove an hour from home just to show up and grieve with those families, a complete stranger who was compelled to be there. I didn’t watch the news yesterday; the blitz of coverage from all our devices, tv’s, radios, phones, computers, word of mouth, newspapers etc. kept me informed enough to know that tragedy had taken place. Our core problem is not guns, it’s not religion, it is fatherlessness. If men will be fathers that love and guide, if men will be husbands who lead and serve their wives, if men will father children that are not their own as if they were, if men will take these responsibilities on as we should, we will see our world become a better place. If your’re a woman reading this and asking where I mention women, I say thank you for picking up the slack for all the ways men have let us down. Unyielding character is built into the DNA of women. You have stood firm and strong assuming both roles. We would be in worse shape if not for women picking up the slack. Humanity will fail when it won’t rely on our heavenly father to lead us and teach us. I don’t take to social media often for this type of commentary. But since the conversation started…Tell me what you think.

The above was written and posted by my 33 year old son, Daniel (a father of two), after the Sandy HookSandy Hook Elementary School tragedy on December 14, 2012. May we keep each of the Newtown families close to our hearts and prayers, consider ways to help them recover from such an unspeakable loss, and thank them from the deepest place in our hearts: the lives of their slain innocents offers every soul an indelible reminder of how blessed we are by our own precious children – and I don’t mean just the ones in our families – each fallen and surviving hero in Connecticut faced death for every child there.

“I thought we were all going to die,” 1st grade teacher Kaitlin Roig said through tears. “I told the kids I love them and I was so happy they were my students… I said, anyone who believed in the power of the prayer, we need to pray and those who don’t believe in prayer, think happy thoughts. They asked, ‘Can we go see if anyone is out there… I just want Christmas… I don’t want to die, I just want to have Christmas.” *** The Spirit of one who made Christmas possible spoke clearly through teacher Kaitlin Roig, through teacher Victoria Soto who died saving her first graders, and emitted through all who perished and shielded the remaining survivors. He said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” (John 15:13 NLT) and gave his own.

Twenty children and six adults were massacred two days ago in Newtown, CT and I find it almost terrifying to continue reading the many news accounts covering their ordeal. The photos of the children are most affecting. My husband and I mourn for them and are pulled to help in some way in their families’/towns’ healing. I’m looking into sending cards to the families. Every day I’ll be praying and thinking about our 20 new little angels and all their beautiful defenders.

*** ABC News source of quotes by Kaitlynn Roig and students.
Photo by CNN

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About Light Stream

Casandra Moreno Lombera is an author, blogger, and Emmy nominated television producer who grew up in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver communities. In junior high school, she promised her single mother that she would get straight A’s in order to graduate early and help her relocate to Aurora, Colorado. She did… and though women and Latinas were scarcely visible in television, she dreamed of a future in broadcast journalism. From an early age, Casandra wanted children and loved to write. She began her career in television (writing and reporting on camera) at the age of 18. She also began raising two very successful children as a single mom. Throughout her career, she became an award winning, television producer/program creator (receiving both the Imagen and Golden Eagle Awards); was executive producer of both public affairs and children’s programming at KWHY-TV, Channel 22; and worked on camera hosting public affairs talk shows for many years. More distinctive opportunities came her way, however her desire to write children’s books and to blaze new trails in the publishing world became irrepressible. Her dreams today focus on empowering youth, writing (particularly about God’s love for them), and raising money for the impoverished through organizations like Hope Worldwide https://www.hopeww.org/sslpage.aspx. Throughout her life, she has been passionate about hands-on giving to the community and has received many forms of appreciation (including a congressional commendation) for her efforts. She has served on several boards including Communications Bridge Institute, training disadvantaged youth in television production; St. Anne’s, building futures for at risk teens and unwed mothers; HOPE, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality; the American Diabetes Association fund raising committee; and the Consumer Advisory Committee for the California Contractors State Licensing Board. Casandra is also a recipient of La Opinion’s 2012 Mujeres Destacadas (Exceptional Women) Award. She is completely smitten with her husband, two children, and four grand babies who inspired Light Riders. Follow her @casandratweets and @Lightersbook on Twitter. Her blog is at http://www.shewentthere.wordpress.com. Direct Contact: Lightridersbook@gmail.com
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8 Responses to The Spirit of Christmas 2012

  1. My hope is that this tragedy reminds people to practice and teach compassion.

  2. Because I enjoy your writings I read this post, but unlike your other posts, this one I won’t read again- my heart can only break so many times. BB2U

    • Thank you for reading my posts more than once Sonia – I’m honored! I do understand why this one will not be one of them. This nightmare is considered one of the worst tragedies of our time. I pray that its gravity reaches people at their core and helps them make important, positive changes. My tear filled efforts in writing about it were to foster compassion, faith, and healing. Thank you again Amiga.

  3. Maria says:

    Enjoyed this post. Very hard to write about, but it was done so well. They are in all of our hearts!

  4. This is a tragedy.. thanks for this post

  5. it was hard to read this post..they’re in our hearts and prayers.

  6. Agree with bohemian babushka. It´s hard for me to read about this because is very sad and frustrating.Theres nothing we can do to bring back those little angels.

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