Poem & Reflections on the Newtown Tragedy

A poem of hope and comfort for the Newton tragedy. These are my reflections on Sunday Dec. 16th.

As a minister for 25 years, and after 12 years of Hospice Chaplaincy, I daily am faced with death and dying; However, these kind of deaths cause us to ask the most difficult questions: Why did this happen? How can we prevent this? Where is God and our faith?  Yesterday, our pastor at Norwin Church of the Nazarene asked 26 people to come forward and take a name of a victim to pray for the family.  We took the name of Victora Soto, a brave teacher just 1 year older than my oldest son. In the evening, I held, played with, and enjoyed the smiles of my 1st Grandson James almost 3 years old... and I cried. My father, a steelworker, and prize winning poet expressed himself through poems for every situation.  He has gone to his reward, but his faith, care for others, and love inspire me daily in all I do.   I likewise often express myself this way. When my grandson left I was inspired to write this poem. I hope in some small way it gives us hope and you in Newtown feel my love and prayers.

Newtown Tragedy Reflection

In a tragic world of
sorrow and pain,

We wonder will life
ever be the same?

The innocence of
little children lost

hatred anger pain
what cost

Parents whose lives
are shattered feel lost

We ask God why
is it this way?

I ask myself what
difference can I make today?

Who is hurting broken inside that I can love

And hope to show a
different way?

Maybe, just maybe, I
can make a difference in the life of one

So that no more
children die at the end of a gun.

I am then reminded in
the midst of my sorrow

That there are those
who work for a better tomorrow

I see those brave teachers
who gave their all

They looked at those
kids and answered the call

I see those policeman
and EMS

Who saw such pain and

Yet do what they do
so unselfish

And give of their
best and that’s all we can wish

We are reminded in
this world there is evil and pain

And in the same moment
we also see goodness reign

So may we all do our
little part

At least how I see it
that’s a start.

Chaplain Dan Hamilton
copyright 2012

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Adell Cohen December 19, 2012 at 08:08 PM
My name is Adell Cohen. I live on Eastern Long Island, in Flanders. I wrote this poem a few days ago. I don't know if it was added or not, so I am writing to you. To all of the people affected by the atrocity In Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary School Our hearts go out to all of you There are no words we can say To ease the pain you are going through To make it easier day to day People the world over have a heart that has been broken We hurt for Newtown and Sandy Hook With love and prayers unspoken We all want to help Wish there was something we could do The miles in between, some closer Others far away from you We hope that you feel the love from us From everywhere we stand We wish we could be there by your side to hold your trembling hands


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