This editorial is absolutely correct. We need the influence of the true spirit
of Christmas more than ever. In fact, nothing is needed more in these dark
times.Unfortunately, the left wing has been relentless in its quest
to eliminate all Christian influence from the holiday season. Indeed, leftist
judges have removed all mention of Christ from Christmas celebrations in the
schools and city halls.The time has come to take a stand in support
of goodness and light. The majority of good citizens must rise up against the
leftist and demand the right to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas.
Them v US...Thoughtful comment?Civil Dialogue?The point of this article is forgiveness.Please save the
Right-wing diatribes for another forum.Robbie Parker's
statement of forgiveness in the face of unspeakable heartbreak should hopefully
reach out to all of us...Hopefully.
Thank you so much for this timely article. Blame instead of forgiveness often
jumps out of stories of difficulty and heartache. These examples you give do not
show weakness, but instead, true strength. Anger and hatred does not move anyone
or any culture forward. I am grateful for the correct teachings of the Savior in
helping us to have empathy and love for our brothers and sisters. Merry
at John Charity Spring 1:32 p.m. Dec. 23"We need the influence
of the true spirit of Christmas more than ever. In fact, nothing is needed more
in these dark times."Proof that the *perception is reality*
mindset is a load of hokum. "The majority of good citizens must
rise up against the leftist and demand the right to celebrate the true spirit of
Christmas."What exactly is that pray tell? Is it the co-opted
Pagan tradition of Saturnalia? Or, do you mean crass consumerism
that this holiday has devolved into? BTW, Timothy Hutton's character on
Leverage recently went off on this very topic.
Nice paranoia JCS. Take some responsibility, if god is in your heart and your
childrens then he is plenty in the schools and everywhere else. Along the lines of psychology, anyone that actually knows Bro Parker should
encourage him to seek counseling. There are plenty of LDS counselors the church
can recommend but very often I hear of people just relying on their faith to get
them through without the counseling. I learned the hard way myself. Church
leaders are not necessarily trained in counseling. One "leader" actually
thought I was lucky to get to go out dating again, slapped me on the back and
everything. Knowing the 5 stages of grief was an incredible relief I
could have used much sooner. I realized what I felt was completely normal though
not the ideal stoic response of a statue. It's easy to get stuck in the
anger/guilt stages and confuse the shock stage for incredible strength and
forgiveness. I'm not an expert, but I have more respect for the experts
Unlike some folks, Robbie Parker is a real class act. He is a man to be admired
and emulated by all of us.
By experience, it is hard. But it can be done. The wounds are deep (after two
years bereaved by other's actions) but it can be done. Forgive.
Robbie Parker, the other people cited, and many more are examples of those whose
first act, possibly even without a thought behind it, is to do what the Savior
would do. With Jesus in their soul of souls, they have had forgiveness not only
on their tongues but in their hearts. That was the best eulogy that could have
been spoken in their memory. May there be some healing with these words of
Brother Parker, for all concerned.