A child’s innocent light shines

Following the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, like many parents, I thought about my own kids and the pain those children’s families must be going through.

Nothing can bring their little ones back, or ease the pain of trying to understand why this happened.

In thinking about this horrendous event, I recalled how late last year my daughter Casey, (who was only 7 years old at the time) wrote a song called “Let My Light Shine.”

Casey wrote the song which professes her view of God and expresses the generally optimistic nature and innocence all children have.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Thursday, December 20, 2012

Following the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, like many parents, I thought about my own kids and the pain those children’s families must be going through.

Nothing can bring their little ones back, or ease the pain of trying to understand why this happened.

In thinking about this horrendous event, I recalled how late last year my daughter Casey, (who was only 7 years old at the time) wrote a song called “Let My Light Shine.”

Casey wrote the song which professes her view of God and expresses the generally optimistic nature and innocence all children have. 

Casey penned the lyrics — without prompting — in less than ten minutes on a small notebook while in the back seat of the car on her way to gymnastics practice.

She began singing the song and shared the lyrics she had written with me. I encouraged her to share it with her music teacher, Belinda Womack, at Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, which she did. 

Womack liked the song so much she set the lyrics to a score and arranged the

song. It’s a catchy and optimistic tune from a child’s perspective — even if you’re not particularly religious.

You can hear the song and watch a video of the first public performance of “Let My Light Shine” performed by Casey and her classmates from Mrs. Coney’s second-grade class by going to YouTube and typing in the name of the song followed by the words “Cambridge Christian.”

I’m certain the song will bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart as we ponder the insanity that occurred Friday.

Click here to read the rest of the column in today’s Tampa Tribune.

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Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him atChris@IrreverentView.com.

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1 thought on “A child’s innocent light shines”

  1. Chris,

    Thank you SO much for sharing your daughter’s song. I can hardly type this e-mail for wiping away tears. Since last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, it is a steady stream of tears for so many of us. And then this video. Ummm… Wow.

    Just wanted to say that this was such a beautiful way to picture children, rather than what we have experienced for almost a week. Your daughter may have a future in Christian song-writing. Of course, she may end up as a veterinarian, for all we know, right? But at least you and your wife know that Casey understands from whence her Light comes… Amen!

    Again… Thank You SO much for sharing. It is blessings such as this song that God will use to help our nation heal. May you and your family be blessed this Christmas and into the New Year, sir.

    In His Love,
    Jim

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