Saturday, December 22, 2012


(For the Parents of the Children Killed @ Sandy Hook School on December 14, 2012)                                                                                                                          By Arlene B. Muller

This year a silent morning will follow their silent night,
As their tear-worn eyes view your empty bed as they walk to the Christmas tree.
They remember Christmas mornings, when yours was the first face they’d see,
When your glowing face and your shining eyes were like lights on their Christmas tree.

How could it be Christmas!  What a silent day it could be!
No squeals of delight, no child opening presents under the Christmas tree!
How could it be Christmas!  It feels like a mockery!
For you were their light; you were their angel; you were the star on their tree.

Nothing is calm.  Nothing is bright.  Darkness is all that they see,
As they kneel before an empty manger under their Christmas tree.
A Child was born.  A Son was given.  But their child was taken away.
Come, JESUS, come, fill their aching hearts as they kneel by their Christmas tree.

Then it could be Christmas!  Then a healing day it could be,
Though no squeals of delight or child opening presents kneels under their Christmas tree.
Come, come fill their Christmas! Let it not be a mockery!
You came as a Child.  You came as the Light—

Be born in their lives—Be born in their hearts—As they kneel by their Christmas tree.

© Copyright 2012 by Arlene B. Muller (Arlene Clare Muller, OSF)



  1. It breaks my heart to this day what happened in Newtown! I continue to pray for the souls of those beautiful children that were senselessy killed, and for their families left behind.

    Your song, Arlene, touches my heart and expresses all that I am feeling about that terrible day in Newtonw.

    May God grant peace to the families of Newtown.

  2. Thanks, Tom. I trust that these innocent children are safe in the arms of JESUS and in heaven.
    THEY celebrated Christmas with JESUS in Person, I believe. But how difficult it must be for their parents to have had their children taken away from them in such a senseless act of violence, and how especially poignant that this happened so close to Christmas. I imagine that many of the parents had most, if not all, of their Christmas presents bought and perhaps even wrapped and hidden away,in anticipation of their children's delight on Christmas morning. In so many ways Christmas is a feast for children, and so often the children are the center of attention. May the CHILD JESUS wrap His loving arms around each of these parents and fill the emptiness and aching in their hearts with the peace that only He can give.