Just Eleven Days Before Christmas

Ed Engoron, Joan Vieweger and the artisans and staff at Choclatique

Teddy BearOn December 14, 2012 a 20 year old man fatally shot twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Six women who worked at Sandy Hook Elementary were killed, in addition to 20 students—twelve girls and eight boys. He also killed his mother at her home nearby. After shooting the students and staff members, he committed suicide. This was the second-deadliest school shooting in United States history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.

With tears in our eyes and heavy hearts we remember and pray for the victims and their families.

Charlotte Bacon, 6
Rachel D’Avino, 29
Olivia Engel, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47
Jesse Lewis, 6
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Emilie Parker, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27
Daniel Barden, 7
Josephine Gay, 7
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
James Mattioli, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6

This holiday season hold your family close for they are the most precious gifts of all.

David’s psalm is a joyful proclamation of God’s providence. Humankind can live free from fear because, like the good shepherd, God will always provide, protect and guide this flock.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

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