Or maybe they were already enjoying Hanukkah. Or thinking of other celebrations that come with their faith. At any rate, they were tiny children, and today 20 of them were killed because a person who should never have had access to powerful weapons, did. This photo from the New York Times shows the flag at half-staff at the White House, and I’m sure most and probably all of the people who might read this saw U.S. President Barack Obama’s extraordinarily moving statement today about the shootings in Connecticut. What I think about, as I sit perched in a rocking chair at the Manse, my childhood home where I spent so many happy Christmases, is how excited those kindergartners must have been about Christmas. And it is just the saddest, saddest thing in the world that this Christmas, and all others to come, will be denied them. If this awful thing might be the catalyst, finally, for a change in the gun laws that have allowed this to happen, then those 20 tiny children will not have died in vain. Which is my Christmas prayer. Perhaps it can be yours too.