Comfort for the community of Newton, Connecticut

How are you handling the news about the school shooting in Newton, Connecticut? It is upsetting me a lot, on a variety of levels. I am finding it difficult to blog about it, or to analyze causes, or to offer suggestions, because I still feel immobilized by the tragedy of it all.

Today, I found myself singing the comfort verse of “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen” over and over again. I think whenever I hear this verse over the holiday season, I will think of sharing the “tidings of comfort and joy” with the people of Newton, Connecticut, and especially with the families who lost loved ones in the tragedy.

I also wrote a new verse for the song, which resonates with my feelings about the tragedy, and can be used by people regardless of their religious beliefs:

to the tune of
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

When tragedy reveals itself

It makes our heart feel sad.

Though, we must look beyond

To weave some good out of the bad,

To lift us all from these dark hours

And, make all hearts feel glad.


O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,

O tidings of comfort and joy.

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