Prayer can stop school vi­o­lence, says writer

The Compass - - OPINION -

I found this fa­mil­iar sound­ing copy of a poem re­cently (au­thor un­known), but with a dif­fer­ent twist.

I’m send­ing it along for your read­ing pub­lic. It’s got a tremen­dous mes­sage for us all, es­pe­cially in light of re­cent school shoot­ings in the United States. God help us all, I say. I en­cour­age school board of­fi­cials and educators in gen­eral to pay close at­ten­tion to the fol­low­ing: “Mary had a lit­tle Lamb” Mary had a lit­tle lamb, his fleece was white as snow. And ev­ery­where that Mary went, the Lamb was sure to go.

He fol­lowed her to school each day, ‘twas even in the rule. He made the chil­dren laugh and play, to have a Lamb at school.

And then the rules all changed one day, il­le­gal it be­came. To bring the Lamb of God to school, or even speak his name.

Ev­ery day got worse an worse, and days turned into years. In­stead of hear­ing chil­dren laugh, we heard gun shots and tears.

What must we do to stop the crime, that’s in our school’s to­day? Let’s let the Lamb come back to school, and teach our kids to pray!

Joy French-Cole­man writes from Har­bour Grace

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