Around 9:38...20 Children Stormed Heaven's Gate....

My daughter found this beautiful poem…a tribute to the children of Sandy Hook. Both of us read it with tears streaming down our face….thought I would share it with whoever may wish to read it. It was written by Cameo Smith.

‘Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
they were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say.
they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“this is heaven.” declared a small boy. “we’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”
when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
and as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.”
then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!”
“may this country be delivered from the hands of fools”
“I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!”
then He and the children stood up without a sound.
“come now my children, let me show you around.”
excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
“in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”

Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA


  • michael scott
    michael scottover 1 year ago

    beautiful….thanks so much for sharing this, karen

  • Hi Michael! So nice to see you! Thanks so much for taking time to read this poem….

    – Karen Helgesen

  • MarieG
    MarieGover 1 year ago

    Karen…this is beautiful…may it bring some comfort to those grieving families…thank you for sharing!!

  • Thank you so much Marie! And thank you for taking time to read it……you are such a wonderful and supportive RB friend!

    – Karen Helgesen

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 1 year ago

    With tears in my eyes,……Thank you for sharing,…

  • Thank you John….I couldn’t read out it loud to my son-in-law…too many tears…

    – Karen Helgesen

  • Charlie Mclenahan
    Charlie Mclenahanover 1 year ago

    I am sending hugs and tears .. thank you for sharing

  • Thank you very much for your kindness

    – Karen Helgesen

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 1 year ago

    Last night the tears were running down my cheeks when The Voice opened with this tribute:

    Thank you for sharing this poem Karen and again bringing the tears along with some comfort.

  • I was watching as well….absolutely love this song…and the children’s names…heart wrenching. My grandson is in 1st grade and I couldn’t wait to hold him….thanks for sharing this beautifully video.

    – Karen Helgesen

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 1 year ago

    How beautifully touching, thank you for sharing this heart felt write!

  • Karo / Caroline Evans (Caux-Evans)
    Karo / Carolin...over 1 year ago

    Thank you for sharing! It is very needed!

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, Karo…I still think about the horror of that day! I have a grandson who is the same age as those children…I can’t even begin to imagine the pain their parents and families must be feeling and will be feeling for the rest of their lives….

    – Karen Helgesen