Seeking Comfort in Light of Tragedy

The news of the fatal shooting in Connecticut this past Friday is seemingly unbearable.

This tragedy hits home for everybody, whether you're a parent, a teacher, a friend, a student, a child, a sibling, a police officer, a doctor. We've all be in one of those shoes before. All of our hearts feel heavy, broken, shattered at this news.

During tragedies like this one, it's difficult to see the light, to understand something that doesn't add up no matter how you look at it. We're all at a loss as to what to do. We don't seem to have the words, as this beautiful post put it.

But God has provided us comfort with the beautiful words of Christmas music. Let us listen more carefully this December to our favorite carols and hymns . . .

So here's my lifelong wish My grown-up christmas list Not for myself But for a world in need

No more lives torn apart That wars would never start, And time would heal all hearts And everyone would have a friend And right would always win And love would never end This is my grown-up christmas list

Grown-Up Christmas List

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Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever And love me I pray! Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care, And fit us for Heaven To live with Thee there.

Away In A Manger

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Dont be discouraged Dont be dismayed There's hope for all in this world Cause this is Christmas day Say a little prayer for the world

God teach us love though you think he doesn't hear I know he does.

This is Christmas Let the world sing Let a soul began to heal Hallejuah this is christmas And with love we can began today

Christmas bells ring Peoples heart sing I forget about all the troubles I seem to have. tell myself to feel how my brother feels Try to love'em then maybe then I could understand.

Make a little room in our hearts No hearts too small Can love each other today Cause after all

This is Christmas Let the world sing Let a soul began to heal Hallejuah this is christmas And with love we can began today

This Is Christmas

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Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth The peace that was meant to be. With God as our father Brothers all are we. Let me walk with my brother In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me Let this be the moment now. With every step i take Let this be my solemn vow. To take each moment  And live each moment  With peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth, And let it begin with me.

Let There Be Peace on Earth

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Yet with the woes of sin and strife The world has suffered long; Beneath the angel-strain have rolled Two thousand years of wrong; And man, at war with man, hears not The love-song which they bring; O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing.

And ye, beneath life's crushing load, Whose forms are bending low, Who toil along the climbing way With painful steps and slow, Look now! for glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing. O rest beside the weary road, And hear the angels sing!

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

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Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin Mother and Child Holy Infant, so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent Night

May God bring this world comfort this Christmas.