jade in the parke

Monday, December 17, 2012

In Honor of Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT

Like all of us...there are no words...These times of inexplicable grief during a period that should be happy and joyful.

Last night after our church's beautiful Christmas program, and three joyous parties hosted here over the weekend ticked off our list, I was able to think, pray, read, weep.

One of the gems that caught my eye was this article, "Dark Day" by Jamie Dean from World Magazine. The author says, 
"But Christmas will still come, and its message will be especially for those who grieve. Indeed, its message will come from a suffering servant, a man of sorrows, and one who is acquainted with grief. It will come from one who invites those sitting in darkness to feel their sorrow," and yet hope in His promises of what Christmas really means.

I listened anew to my favorite Christmas carols and then I heard the pain:

Pain of Moms and Dads who lost their precious Children
Pain of Children who lost their Mommies
Pain of Husbands who lost their Wives and are now Half of "One flesh"
Pain of the Neighbors, Family, Friends & Community
Pain for the Ones who survive and may think, "Why me?"
Pain for those struggling with children who have mental illness

And yet, coupled with pain is 
Hope not in our safety plan (which is wise)
nor in homeschooling (which I do)
nor in adding more laws

 He is Sovereign and Good and Holy
He experienced the Death of His own Son
Death and Sin were conquered on the cross
In Jesus, we will live forever in His presence 
where there is no more pain, sorrow or grief.
He will wipe every tear.

The double edge of Christmas:

Pain and Healing
Grief and Comfort
Sorrow and Trust

The warm, cozy hymns sounded differently, 
struck a chord deep in my heart,  
a new depth of meaning. 
Below is a small picture of those carols. 
via www.JADEintheparke.com

As I looked again at these hymns, I understood the reality of pain and grief was always present in these carols.
I didn't have ears to hear.
Yet, the joyous strains of glad tidings found there coupled with the reality of our sinful world fills my heart with joy.
Bittersweet today.
Joyous forever.

Hymns from Top Left (moving Clockwise):
Hark the Herald Angels Sing Acappella version

Grace and Peace to you,
Mom to JADE (and hugging each one tighter)

Feel free to print out the picture above if it is helpful to you.
It is my gift to anyone who could be blessed by it.
You may fully share this picture but please keep the link where it is attributed. Please do not distribute it or sell it. It belongs to www.jadeintheparke.com
If you are interested in a print with no watermarks, please email jadeintheparke@gmail.com with more details of your request

UPDATE 2013: .http://mysandyhookfamily.org/ Please visit the official website for the families.


  1. Beautiful! I don't know why I hadn't thought of the combination of pain and hope mingled in these hymns!
    Love and hugs, Anna

    1. Dear Anna,
      I am honored that you took the time to read and respond. I have admired you from afar in the blog land. You're my hero.

  2. Replies
    1. Oh your welcome. I hope it was a blessing.

  3. I can't imagine the pain the parents are feeling. I hope they can take some comfort and joy in their memories of their little ones and knowing the whole nation is grieving with them. Thank you for this post. It is very nice.