We have been suffering for so many weeks through my daughter’s serious illness and hospitalization; trying to make sense of it all, trying to endure it all, trying to hold onto hope and faith. “Why is this happening?” we ask, “When will this end?”, “What can we do to make everything all better?” and sometimes, I admit my soul has even cried out,
“Where Is God?”
Yesterday I finally decided to watch a video that so many people have been sharing on their Facebook pages and web feeds recently. It is a message from the mother of a 6-year-old girl who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting one year ago on December 14, 2012.
I was afraid to watch it because I knew it would make me cry. Until the past couple of days, I haven’t been letting myself cry. I’ve mistakenly thought that crying during our trial would translate as a lack of faith. But as I blogged yesterday, I’ve learned even God himself cries. It’s OK.
So, I watched the video, released for the anniversary of Sandy Hook – and yes, I sobbed.
But, it was a good, healing cry.
I am so deeply moved by the courage of this dear mother, and her beautiful message to the world on behalf of her beloved daughter. Sweet little Emilee didn’t come home for Christmas last year. She never will.
Although this video is not specifically billed as a “Christmas message”, I’ve felt how what happened after the Sandy Hook tragedy exemplifies what Christmas is really all about.
“Where was God?” people ask.
God allows tragedy. God allows sorrow. God allows suffering.
“God even allowed others to kill His Son.”
But, because His Son was born, and died, evil will never win.
Sandy Hook: “Evil Did Not Win”
Following the Sandy Hook tragedy, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir dedicated a special broadcast of their weekly Sunday program Music and The Spoken Word to the victims, families and city. Ryan Murphy, assistant director of the Choir, was raised in Newtown, Connecticut, and actually attended Sandy Hook Elementary as a child – making the tragedy even more personal and emotional for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir family.
You can watch the special Sandy Hook Tribute January 6, 2013 – by Clicking Here.