Now I lay me down to sleep…
Sparrows in their nests lie down
Their heads beneath their wings
The night around them deepens, crouches
Oh Lord, the evil darkness brings!
I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep….
Lord, we have seen your sparrows falling
They have fallen from their nest
Limp and torn, with tattered wings
No heartbeat flutters in their breast
If I should die before I wake…
This shadow of death groans dark with fear
These tiny ones are walking through
God of the Valley, Father of Sparrows,
Bring these little ones home to You
I pray thee, Lord, my soul to take…
Gather these fledglings close to your heart
Gather them to You, drive fear away
Give them a wide, green, sweet meadow
And new wings to fly in a brighter day
Lord, we have seen your sparrows falling,
And we cannot bear the pain.
Our hearts are numbed by the news of the shootings yesterday in Nong Bua Lomphuu province. A man walked into a nursery and using guns and a knife, killed over 20 children as they lay sleeping during their afternoon nap time. Having once worked at a daycare in Chiang Mai, I can easily visualize everything, and tears have pushed my eyelids all day. Our hearts are heavy with grief at this senseless murder of children, not to mention all the adults that were killed as well.
Lord, have mercy.