We must turn tragedy into hope

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

This is normally the time of year when our thoughts turn to family, joy and the Christmas miracle, born in a manger some 2,000 years ago. Christmas 2012 will unfortunately forever be marred and remembered for the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 20 young children and six brave teachers who desperately tried in vane to shield those lives from the evil that exists within our society.

Politically, some may disagree with the term evil and choose instead to excuse the young man blamed for this event as being disturbed. But while many talk of armed guards at all schools, banning weapons of all kinds and greater protection, common sense tells us that events like these can never be completely prevented. Society must look at the culture we’ve created, the attitudes we’ve taken toward each other, the lack of respect and even the anger expressed when we disagree, on even the simplest of issues.

Many will ask where was God? How could he allow this to happen? The Son of God made it clear, His Father’s Kingdom is not of the earth. Man has been given dominion over this land. God gave us 10 simple rules to live by, but politically man has continued to say we know better. God did not allow this tragedy to happen. He has given us freedom of choice, but how we choose to use that freedom is all about our every day lives and the values and beliefs engrained in our culture.

Over the last few years, on this our last issue before Christmas, I have written about my wishes for mankind. I hope you’ll join me this year in adding them to your wish list and together maybe we’ll see fewer of these horrific, unexplainable events that shake and shape this world we must all share.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and owner and publisher of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com..

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