{peace on earth, good will to men}

This week I was faced with a task that I never imagined...talking to my two little 1st graders about an unspeakable tragedy, and explaining to them why their classroom doors are now kept locked. As difficult as this was, it can't even compare to the immense grief and sadness the families of those sweet babies and brave souls that lost their lives on Friday are feeling. My heart is breaking for them, and I hope they can feel the arms of this entire nation around them during  not only this holiday season, but through the months and years to come.

This tragedy struck our nation hard, and its effects will linger for a long time to come, and many of us are looking for answers.  It's being demonstrated in many ways,  including my Facebook feed, which is being inundated with political jargon and opinion. People grieve in different ways, and most of us are feeling so helpless,  I realize that these opinions and statements are a way of wanting to help, wanting to make a difference, expressing shock and sadness, and demanding that something be done.

My friend Char from Crap I've Made wrote a beautiful post , and in it she quoted two verses from the Christmas hymn "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day".  Those words haven't left my mind since I read them, and I'd like to share them here:

And in despair I bowed my head: 
"There is no peace on earth," I said, 
"For hate is strong and mocks the song 
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: 
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep; 
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, 
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Something can be done, and there is something we can do.

Treat others with kindness, respect, and courtesy.

Be a little more thoughtful of others, and give them the benefit of the doubt more often.

Remember that being different is okay, and teach our children that same principle.

Reach out to those that are in need, and be more generous of heart and spirit.

{Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men}


Simply Kierste
Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and most of her posts revolve around making her home a beautiful, organized, and fun place to be. When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.
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  1. Amen!

  2. That was beautiful. Thank you.

  3. What a wonderful way to express the feelings we all share during this difficult time. Thanks!

  4. Amen! Thank you for Sharig the words of this song. It fits beautifully.

  5. Thank you for helping me feel a little comfort amidst such an unspeakably sad tragedy. You help give hope!

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