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Mercer Island Pastor Responds to Connecticut Tragedy

The Rev. Greg Asimakoupoulos wrote this poem in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Slaughter of Innocence (Revisited)

Emmanuel (God-with-us), why?
Is it Your will that children die?
That fear surprise our trusting hearts
and keep our faith at bay?

Of course we know that's not Your plan.
But ever since the world began
it seems that evil stalks its prey
and steals our peace and joy.

Please help us find the means to cope
amid this season of true hope
that calls to mind You came to earth
to know our grief and pain.

In Newtown or in Bethlehem
where Herod-madness strikes again,
may Rachel's tears be wiped away
by One who weeps with us.

by Rev. Greg Asimakoupoulos

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