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“And Them That Mourn”—Celebrating Christmas in the Face of Grief and Sorrow

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NOTE: This essay was first published last year in light of the horrors of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. This year, in view of the one-year anniversary of that unspeakable tragedy, and in acknowledgement of the fact that so many others have suffered great loss in the past year, it is published again. In just recent days, the parents and loved ones of young Claire Davis, the 17-year-old girl who died days after being shot in the Arapahoe High School shooting in Colorado, are added to that number. Many reading this essay know that kind of loss all too well. The sudden death of my father, Richard Albert Mohler, Sr., earlier this year means that this Christmas is for me and my family different than any we have known before. May this essay minister to all who have suffered loss and grief.