Dan Liljenquist: Meaning of Christmas can fix broken hearts

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  • Cameron Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 9:39 p.m.

    Nine years ago my new born daughter was in the ICU with bacterial meningitis. Even when she was in the ER getting a spinal tap I had put on a brave face, but I remember walking into her hospital room one day and the sight of her plugged into various machines and with iv lines coming out of her arm made me break down. I held her in my arms and cried like a baby. We are so very fortunate that she recovered fully. That December was a difficult one, and each one since then has reminded me of that scary time for our family. It reminds me of the story behind I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day. Its author also remembered tragedies during Christmas, which makes his last two stanzas even more potent. "And in despair I bowed my haed, there is no peace on earth I said. For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth good will to men. Then pealed the bells more loud and deep, God is not dead nor doth he sleep. The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth good will to men."

  • adamgale La Verkin, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 6:08 p.m.

    I believe in Dan's message of hope, as I believe in Dan. It is important to hold onto the good things, and not give into the fear that can so easily overcome us. Thank you for this article, Dan.

  • mcjolley Pleasant grove, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    Beautiful Christmas message. Thanks for sharing, Dan!