Christina Taylor Green was born on September 11, 2001. She was featured in a book "Faces of Hope", a book about those born on that day. She loved baseball. She was the only girl on her Little League team. She had just been elected to her student council. She was at that Safeway in Tucson, Arizona yesterday morning to meet her congresswoman and learn more about politics.
Her mother says:
"She always thought about how she was born on 9/11, and she saw the positive in it," Green said. "She thought of it as a day of hope and change, a chance for the country to come together to be united." (ABC News)
She died on the scene with a single bullet wound to the chest.
As I said in my sermon on the Second Sunday after Christmas, sometimes the light that shines in the darkness is only the promise of light. Sometimes all we can do is cling to that promise even as all we can see around us is darkness. Sometimes all we can do is pray. Today I pray that Christina's hope for the country would not be vain.