Falling Stars and Streaks of Fire

“Then she saw a star fall, leaving behind it a bright streak of fire.“Someone is dying,” thought the little girl, for her old grandmother, the only one who had ever loved her, and who was now dead, had told her that when a star falls, a soul was going up to God.”

― From Hans Christian Andersen’s Christmas story, The Little Match Girl

night-wallpaperIronically, I had just finished reading that quotation from The Little Match Girl when news broke yesterday of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty little stars had fallen from the sky leaving behind them streaks of fire. Twenty innocent souls had gone up to God.

Today, we cry for futures lost, families, friends, and community. We mourn for teachers who died while trying to keep stars from falling. We ask why has this happened to us. Why is our country and the world churning with such unthinkable acts of evil?

There are no easy answers. The joy surrounding Christmas is tempered today by the remnants of wickedness—and that is exactly what “evil” wants. Evil wants to take away our Christmas and redirect our thoughts from hope to hopelessness.

What can we do?  We can remember that God sent Hope into the world in the body of a child. The Child Jesus survived Herod’s Massacre of the Innocents. He grew up to become our Teacher. He defeated death to give us the gift of eternal life.

Christmas remains our hope in Christ—a Hope more powerful than anything else. In our sadness today, we hold tightly to the Hope of Christmas and remember that God sent a child into the world to save us. Jesus is with us. He is coming back. And nothing can take that away.

In Memory of Stars no Longer Shining:

Charlotte Bacon, 6Jesus and child

Daniel Barden, 7

Rachel Davino, 29

Olivia Engel, 6

Josephine Gay, 7

Ana Marquez-Greene, 6

Dylan Hockley, 6

Dawn Hocksprung, 47

Madeline Hsu, 6

Catherine Hubbard, 6

Chase Kowalski, 7

Jesse Lewis, 6

James Mattioli, 6

Grace McDonnell, 7

Anne Marie Murphy, 52

Emilie Parker, 6

Jack Pinto, 6

Noah Pozner, 6

Caroline Previdi, 6

Jessica Rekos, 6

Avielle Richman, 6

Lauren Russeau, 30

Mary Sherlach, 56

Victoria Soto, 27

Benjamin Wheeler, 6

Allison Wyatt, 6

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