Here are a few of my favorites (and well known ones):
"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will be rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
"And she gave birth to her first-born son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:7
"And the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10
There is another verse that qualifies as an official Christmas Verse that has NEVER been one of my favorites (or one that I have even thought about until this past week):
"A VOICE WAS HEARD IN RAMAH, WEEPING AND GREAT MOURNING, RACHEL WEEPING FOR HER CHILDREN; AND SHE REFUSED TO BE COMFORTED, BECAUSE THEY WERE NO MORE." Matthew 2:18
The horrors that happened in Connecticut may be closer to what many experienced around the beginning of Jesus' life than we would like to believe.
"They were just children."
The latest horror is maybe one of the most gruesome because most who were brutally killed were small children, innocents who were just sitting in class learning their letters, learning how to add and subtract.
Please pray for the parents and the brothers and sisters who lost so much. Pray for the teachers' and principal's families which lost their family members.
Yet, it is part of Christmas - -ours and the first one so long ago. I am all for the sweet scenes we draw and paint and see in movies, but it was not sweet. It was life and death. It was God sending His son into a violent world, a violent world so much like ours. He lived, died and came back to life for all of us -- oh, if Jesus isn't a real part of your life, like a huge part, like someone you talk to everyday, someone you life for, someone you let guide you -- ask Him.
He will give you peace and comfort.
Please let Him.