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.
I wish for greater respect for all humans. That those who carry weapons and seek to do harm as an expression of hatred towards others, or even themselves that they could just respect people of different views, faith, skin color, sexual orientation or nationality. They call it world peace. I’m sure we all would love to witness it, even if only for a day.
I wish for great opportunity for all children. To be raised in safe homes by loving parents, with food on the table, a warm roof overhead, a safe education system that prepares them for fruitful lives full of promise and a lifetime of Christmases everyday.
I wish for the end to the many dreaded diseases, ailments and birth defects that affect the population. I see so many brave individuals who face life with these burdens and do so with such courage and inspiration.
I wish more people could experience faith in a supreme being and openly practice their faith by attending services each week and recognize that only through our trust in God will we overcome much of what troubles our world today.
I wish more folks of good fortune would share some of what they have with others less fortunate. We all witness those who give from the heart regularly even at times when they don’t have much. Just imagine a world full of people helping and caring for each other.
I wish our government and all governments would put aside their bickering and seek compromise for the people they govern by finding the common ground and recognizing the important leadership roles they play in advancing a god loving and peaceful society.
I wish for Christmas 2012 to be a turning point in a world that seems to have lost its way. Despite remarkable technology, advancements in the medical and scientific fields we need the saving grace of the miracle child born so many years ago.
Many may say the wishes above are nothing but fanciful dreams, but not one of those fanciful dreams could not become reality if each of us were to embrace them and make them our own. It’s amazing what a little hope, faith and love can do in your life if you let them in and share them with all whom you come in contact. Let’s face it, with all of our running around, Christmas preparations and gifting this season at the end of the day wouldn’t you rather trade all the gifts under this year’s tree for any of the wishes listed above or at the very least that last Friday never occurred for those innocent souls in Connecticut?
On behalf of the New Market Press and Denton Publications staff and family I would like to wish you and your family a very joyous and safe holiday, a prosperous new year and for my last wish, that you are granted all of your prayer and wishes. Please remember in your prayers all those affected by the tragedy in Connecticut and may God bless us one and all.
Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and owner and publisher of Denton Publications. He may be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org..