But I also submit we make sure the loss of the kids and the loss of innocence not pass in vain.
The subject here is not gun laws. That debate is for another writer in another section of this paper.
I'm proposing we honor those children on this day by giving our children the equivalent of 20 hugs. Let's honor those lost by dedicating this day to Jesus through loving our children a little more, by making their day a little brighter.
In my case, I still have a beautiful, perfectly frustrating 15-year-old daughter with strangely colored hair. A daughter that is creative. And good. And funny. With a wonderful heart.
She should know how I feel on this day. She should see me push away from the dinner table, set down my cup of cheer, walk away from the football and basketball games, and convey my love and pride.
If you don't have a child or find yourself alone, take a shower, set aside the hurt, get out and provide an act of kindness. Leave a gift for the child next door. Visit the elderly. Make a call. More than likely, you'll feel better. And, if not, you'll at least know the day was not lived in vain.
That's my Christmas plea. Enjoy the day. Celebrate. Laugh. Argue politics. Debate whether WVU's pass defense has, well, a prayer of stopping Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib.
But pay a little extra attention to those beautiful, sometimes maddening, sparkling gifts that are our children.
The bells that tolled last week were not for them. But let the ringing in our ears honor Him through them.
Merry Christmas everyone.
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