7 Nov 2017 This Little Light of Mine

Hello to you.  It’s a cold, gray Tuesday.  I’ve been out chalking some and my mind and heart are still processing Sutherland Springs and all the events that have happened like it before.  My heart just hurts about what is happening in our country.  Last night Kyle and I talked (I cried) about this as I was just pent up with so much pain.  People try to rationalize this by saying guns don’t kill people, a gun is just a tool.  Well Kyle narrowed it down to this.  Yes a gun is a tool but unlike a hammer that was created with the intention pounding nails…building things, a gun was always intended for the purpose of maiming, disarming and killing another living being.  The gun manufacturers have made sure that the latest and greatest versions are even more efficient at it….bump stocks etc.  I told Kyle I don’t understand how people, to include my own family, are just okay with this happening over and over and not willing to do anything about it!  How can anyone just be okay with this?!  And I’m crazy?!

I won’t belabor the point because my words are already in an echo chamber…..

My thoughts this morning went to my Grandpa and my Mom.  My Grandpa was a Pastor for many years and my Mother a “Pastor’s daughter.”  When I think of how much my Grandpa loved my Mom and what it did to him when she took her own life…with a gun at age 26.   I can only imagine the grief the pastor of the Sutherland First Baptist Church must be feeling at losing his daughter Annabelle at only age 14 at the hand of an angry young man’s gun.  I’m sure it is much the same.  My Grandpa never got over my Mom’s death.

My Mom Jeanne and my Grandpa Becker on her wedding day, 21 Nov 1965.

The first drawing I did was thinking about the keyhole to heaven and the phrase “suffer not the little children” came to me.   As I did the second drawing, the song “This Little Light of Mine” popped into my head.  I can imagine that Annabelle, the others who died with her and anyone who has had their life taken by another would not want us to simply mourn the tragedy of their being taken from us so violently.  I would think they would want us to turn on our inner lights even brighter….try even harder to make this world a better place for those who remain.  Let not their lives taken be taken in vain….be just another act of senseless violence.  This is easier said than done.  It is so hard not to let the lights go out going through such things as these.  It is so hard to avoid throwing up our hands at both the simplicity and the vast complexity of this whole issue.  My heart is with all those who are suffering right now.  There are no strangers here.

 

This little light of mine

This Little Light of Mine

Raffi

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

I’m gonna take this light around the world
And I’m gonna let it shine
I’m gonna take this light around the world
And I’m gonna let it shine
I’m gonna take this light around the world
And I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Well I won’t let anyone (pff) it out, I’m gonna let it shine
I won’t let anyone (pff) it out, I’m gonna let it shine
I won’t let anyone (pff) it out, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Every day, every day, I’m going to let my little light
Shine

Songwriters: BOB GIBSON

© THE BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY

For non-commercial use only.

Data from: LyricFind

http://abc7.com/pastors-14-year-old-daughter-among-dead-in-texas-church-shooting/2607277/

First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy said he was not at the church Sunday morning when the shooting took place. His youngest daughter, Annabelle, was.

https://misifusa.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/life-is-not-for-the-faint-of-heart/ – message I needed today that might help you too from fellow blogger Misifusa.

Matthew 19:14 14Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

 

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One comment on “7 Nov 2017 This Little Light of Mine

  1. Oh Saymber, my heart goes out to you and to all who are affected by the violence of guns. May you find peace within and may your little light continue to grow and to illuminate the lives of others with your song of peace and love. I have tears in my eyes. xoxo

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