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Letter to the Editor - June 7

June 07, 2012

Finding hope and comfort for those we have lost


To the editor:

Who does not feel pangs of sadness and sympathy at news of another small child losing his or her life at the hands of an uncaring adult or as the result of a terrible accident? There have been many in the news lately. And what about all those innocent victims of war and natural disasters? Is there no justice in this world, we ask. We lament the fact that they never had the chance to live out their natural lives.

Is there anything positive in these situations, any way of finding a measure of hope for those who are lost and for those who mourn for them? There is only one that I know of and it is found in the pages of the Bible’s New Testament. Jesus, the “Gentle Shepherd,” the one who overcame death to give hope to those who would place their faith in him, said, “Let the little children come to me for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.”

Followers of Jesus Christ, then and now, believe wholeheartedly that the little ones who are lost to this world by whatever means do have a place of peace and safety in the presence of the One who can make something wonderful come out of the dreadful events of this world. Knowing the God who is Love gives a confidence that he is able and willing to welcome the children to himself and to give peace and comfort to those from whom they were taken; and with the promise of a glad reunion, give beauty for ashes and joy for sorrow in a new world with no more suffering and no more death.

If only those who have lost little ones could find hope and comfort in this. I do.


D. L. Staggers
Hagerstown

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