Bethel Artist Memorializes Sandy Hook Children Through Drawings

Bethel Artist Memorializes Sandy Hook Children Through Drawings


Benjamin Wheeler, drawn by Dana Benz

Dana Benz, a 23-year-old Bethel artist is on a mission to draw all of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy and give the drawings to their families. Last week Dana drew Emilie Parker and Olivia Engel (click here for pictures and article).

Jessica Rekos, drawn by Dana Benz

Jessica Rekos, drawn by Dana Benz

This week Dana has drawn four more of the children and has written the following letter to the families. This is Dana’s personal letter and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of Bethel Buzz News or its editor.–

Daniel Barden, drawn by Dana Benz

Daniel Barden, drawn by Dana Benz

Beloved Families,

Words cannot express how incredibly loved you all are. You are precious and amazing. My heart weeps for the unimaginable heartache you are feeling. My hope is to bring some small amount of peace to you. May God comfort every heart that is crushed in this tragedy, including yours.

You all had gorgeous children. They seemed full of life and joy. They will always be remembered by their shining deep eyes, infectious smiles and loving hearts.

I know that no child on this earth could ever take the place of your lost ones. No matter if you have other children or even plan on having more, they will never ever be replaced. Their beautiful souls were carefully put together by the hands of God. Their lives matter regardless of what any other misguided person may say to you. It’s okay to be angry. This tragedy is not okay.

I believe this is all happening for a reason. You may ask what the reason is but honestly I have no idea. I’m wondering the same thing. I am not sure we ever will until we can ask God Himself. All I know is this: God did not choose this or want this. He wanted them to live a full life with all of you by their side. God loves everyone too much to cause such evil. A struggling, disturbed young man did this. He is being held accountable for those actions. We all have our own free will and God’s heart is weeping over this situation.

God knows your pain. He is with us always and constantly helping us, especially in times of trouble. I believe that He can turn even the worst things into something beautiful. Nothing is ever wasted. “The white keys on a piano represent happiness and the black keys represent sadness. Just know the black ones create music too.”

May you take the time to heal and see goodness arise from this horrible time. May your sorrow grow into joy…That the insurmountable pain would be relieved, day after day, with some laughter and good memories. I know this won’t be easy, I know our community will never be the same. I cannot even to begin to grasp the horrific and gut-wrenching pain you are feeling. I am here to support you in whatever way feels best. I’m praying for your hearts. You will always have my love.

“So take heart…Let His love lead us through the night. Hold on to hope and take courage again.” Among the sadness, the burdens and the loneliness I see beauty slowly emerging. There is still light in this world. It is shared in a hug, in an act of kindness, a prayer and many other forms that I cannot even name.

I feel like we are a tulip wrestling to get through a snowy ground. It feels cold, hard and nearly impossible but I think as we nourish one another with care we will be able to arise. There is hope, even in a time like this. You are loved and that love will get us through.

“What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him! Because He was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole. I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When He wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of this victory. “

May our Heavenly Father pour out His best blessings upon you, always. May goodness and mercy follow you all the days of your lives. I hope with every fiber of my being that when you feel the void taking hold that you will heavily feel God’s love and arms around you.

Dana Benz

Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, drawn by Dana Benz

Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, drawn by Dana Benz

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