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Safe: A Poem for Newtown

Written for all the parents whose babies have preceded them into eternity...

Safe

(So much that happened today is beyond comprehension.  Grief  that defies description.  But one thing I know…Jesus is holding many souls tonight – those that just entered into His glorious presence and those who remain here on earth and ache so deeply….Jesus, hear our cries…)

FOR THE PARENTS OF THE PRECIOUS CHILDREN WHO ENTERED THE REALM OF ETERNITY TODAY…

Jesus’ arms are full tonight

As He welcomes babies home

Twenty precious little souls

Before conception, known.

Every hair was counted

Before they graced this earth

Created in God’s image

Each with priceless worth.

Every finger, every toe

Every personality

Uniquely crafted by the One

Whose love caused them to be.

Moms and daddies cry tonight

A loss no one should know

A grief so indescribable

In their hearts a gaping hole.

But twenty children sing tonight

And dance around a throne

Hand in hand with One they love

And their hearts have always known.

If they could write a letter

This is what they’d say

As they begin eternity

On this first eternal day…

“Mommy, daddy, got here safe.

Just wanted you to know.

Your hearts must be so sad today.

You wish I didn’t go.

But, mommy you should see this place!

Daddy, you should, too!

Pearly gates for you mom

And dad, the sky’s so blue!

All my owies went away

When Jesus called my name

And carried me to heaven

Even faster than a plane!

The food up here is yummy

The music’s really cool

And recess is even better

Than it was at my old school!

The colors here are brighter

Everything’s brand new!

And I can run way faster

Even without my fast shoes!

Everyone is nice here

Everyone plays fair

The girls don’t punch me in the arm

And I don’t pull their hair.

Can you imagine Christmas?

I live with the Newborn King!

No wonder there are presents!

No wonder people sing!

The angels here are awesome

They let me sing along

I think that I met Harold,

You know, the one who Harked the song!

Now I know why Jesus came

And the meaning of His birth

He came to bring us heaven – THIS!

When He came to earth.

And since you know my Jesus

You’ll come here someday, too

I’ll show you every special place

And everything I do!

So when you think about me

Please do it with a smile

We’ll be together once again

In just a little while…”

Psalm 139:13-16 - For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

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Cathy Gates December 16, 2012 at 07:57 AM
So beautiful! I hope the parents and your community get to read this at some point during the healing process. So touching and made me really, really cry.
Jana Jarvis December 16, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Thank you, Cathy. As a mama who's lost a child, the reality of heaven has become almost tangible to me. Praying that each sweet parent can have the peace of knowing that their precious children are dancing with Jesus...
Jeanan Gerber December 16, 2012 at 04:29 PM
That's beautiful Jana. You have the same name as my sister who died just before her 25th birthday and left a 20 mo. old beautiful baby girl for me to help raise. What a blessing. We SO hope that you all heal and I am so sorry for your loss. Jesus has 20 beautiful baby angels around him this Christmas along with the 6 awsome adults.
Jana Jarvis December 16, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss. What an amazing gift to be the special aunt to have the sweet privilege of raising your sister's baby girl, and what a gift to both your sister and your niece! My loss was 16 years ago, but my heart is beating right there with those parents whose arms are feeling empty right now. So thankful that God's arms are big enough to hold all of them - adults and kids - and still be able to embrace those on this side of eternity...Hugs to you, wonderful auntie!
Mia Michelle Miller December 18, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Beautiful Jana, Thank you for taking the time to share your gift. I was touched by your poem. Mia
dana wertman January 01, 2013 at 02:04 AM
My dad os one of Gods right hand angels and he's watching all the lil children there and here too.
dana wertman January 01, 2013 at 02:06 AM
My dad is one of God right hand angels and he's taking care of all the lil children there and here. Thankyou Jesus for such a loving Father and God.
Jeanan Gerber January 03, 2013 at 08:46 AM
Yes Dana, so is my grandma, dad, sister and baby brother. They all loved lil ones and they have many loving people to help them, care for them and love love love them don't they? <sigh>

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