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KXIC Listeners are now in charge of the music bumps for the morning show on Fridays. Any band, format, style, etc. is welcome. Just send your favorite band name, your name, and hometown to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
We will feature a different band every Friday!
Send me your favorite band and you might be jamming out to your favorites while you catch up on all the latest local news, sports, and information this Friday!
I have struggled all week to find words to explain what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary school and I have found it impossible.
I stared at the front page of the Iowa City Press Citizen Tuesday morning that featured pictures of all 28 victims. Americans held their children closer and everyone wanted answers.
The tragic event sparked debates over gun control and mental health but I feel like most people believe that there is no silver bullet to stop an unpredictable event like the Newtown shootings.
The only positives I have taken out of this past week has been reading and hearing about the heroism of the teachers and victims and how the quick response of law enforcement stopped the slaying.
My sister Kelly forwarded me this e-mail and I thought it was very well written. It's originally written by Cameo Smith of Mt. Wolf, PA.
twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
they were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say.
they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“this is heaven.” declared a small boy. “we’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”
when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
and as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.”
then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!”
“may this country be delivered from the hands of fools”
“I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!”
then He and the children stood up without a sound.
“come now my children, let me show you around.”
excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
“in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”