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23 Jun

We sangĀ Jesus, Lover of my SoulĀ in church this morning and it moved me to tears, just as it always does.

In October of 1966, a mining tip – a dump for material brought out of coal mines – collapsed and poured down a valley in Aberfan, Wales. It completely buried the town school, killing 116 children and five teachers.

Nearly every child in the village was gone in minutes.

The children were buried in two long mass graves. During the ceremony, a young father, his face crushed into a mask of grief, stepped forward and dropped a teddy bear on top of his child’s coffin.

The choir sang the hymn above and to this day I weep when I hear it.