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As a teacher and a father the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Conn. today have moved me to tears. I have found that music, especially choral music, can help us deal with our emotions at times like these. Here is a beautiful piece that I immediately went to for solace. I want to share it here for anyone else who may feel the same.

Words and melody by Kurt Bestor
Can you hear the prayer of the children
on bended knee, in the shadow of an unknown room?
Empty eyes with no more tears to cry
turning heavenward toward the light.
Crying softly, “Help me
to see the morning light of one more day,
but if I should die before I wake,
I pray my soul to take.”
Can you feel the hearts of the children
aching for home, for something of their very own.
Reaching hands with nothing to hold onto
but hope for a better day, a better day.
Crying softly, “Help me
to feel the love again in my own land,
but if unknown roads lead away from home,
give me loving arms, away from harm.”
(oooooo la la la la etc etc.)
Can you hear the voice of the children
softly pleading for silence in their shattered world?
Angry guns preach a gospel full of hate,
blood of the innocent on their hands.
Crying softly, “Help me
to feel the sun again upon my face?
For when darkness clears, I know you’re near,
bringing peace again.”

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