As I join the world in trying to make heads or tails of the fact that the United States has more school shootings than any other country in the world, I was given the direction to “Define Heaven”. Our children are Heaven. They hold the future in their hands, and must be kept safe.
Heaven is where you are.
Your life is Heaven.
Heaven is you, safe.
It is the sound of your laughter, your giggles, your cries; your button nose, and the coils that are like silk to my fingers.
Heaven is in your tiny hands and feet, which wont be so tiny anymore, but which will still be Heaven.
It is being with you, no matter what we are doing.
It is being with you after we have been apart.
It is the sun and the stars and the moon that you love so much, whose distance wont touch how much I love you.
Heaven is in your voice, as you tell me so tenderly that you love your family.
It is in the way you wrap your arms around my neck and bury your face to be as close as you can.
It is in the way that you let music take you and you move me to dance with you.
Heaven is watching you grow & change at a rate that makes my head spin.
It is seeing how compassionate you are, and what a good friend you are.
Even though you are so beautifully small, Heaven also makes you mighty.
Your presence here has already made the world better.
You remind me that Heaven is right here, working through you, my child.
You remind me that I live to make sure it stays that way.
You remind me that, as I hold the gift of being your mother,
I am gifted with the responsibility to join all other Heaven-holders to protect Heaven.