Grief and Healing After Sandy Hook

How do we heal in the face of so much terror and sadness?

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As overwhelming as the thoughts about the devastating and terrible events at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut were last week, I’m almost ashamed to admit that a few days off from work (which also means less interruptions from the news) and preparations for Christmas have diverted my attention somewhat to my own children, loved ones and family.

But this article that came across my desk a few days ago has been haunting me with the desire to share it and perhaps tip my hat as-it-were from far-away Utah to my home-away-from-home of New England to a town so stunningly ripped from the luxury of relative peace to the awful reality that those wonderful children are just not coming home, Christmas notwithstanding.

Jeff Bennedict, the article’s author, is better known for his investigative journalism (often with a sports slant) and his book catching recent national acclaim, The Mormon Way of Doing Business.

That doesn’t take away from the fact that he obviously personally knows Dave Checketts, one of the church leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who, along with so many others, are mourning with those that mourn and comforting those who stand in need of comfort.

Checketts was moved to tears.“What happened in Newtown is unthinkable,” Checketts said. “But little children are alive in Christ. Though the nature of the crime is the essence of evil, our faith tells us that these children burst into the presence of God and are safe in his arms.” #permalink

I hope with Christmas now days away, that somehow the families affected by this tragedy would receive some of the great blessings that follow the coming if the Christ child–namely that silent, healing truth that just as The Son of God came once, to save us all if we let Him, one day soon he will come again with healing in His wings.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

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