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LETTER: Church congregations are 'healing centres,' says reader

'The sins committed against Indigenous parents and children grieve all of our spirits,' says letter writer
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BarrieToday welcomes letters to the editor at Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). The following letter is in response to another letter to the editor titled 'LETTER: Church should fund healing centres across Canada' published on July 8. 

A letter on July 8, 2021 said churches should have healing centres across Canada.

We already have them. They are called congregations. Many First Nations have churches with native, often local, pastors.

There, God meets hurting people where they are at. The Lord Jesus Christ, the great healer, touches spirits, hearts, minds, emotions, past wrongs, our sins, and everything else, with His love.

The Bible Greek word "heal" also means "save." Whoever repents of sin and believes in Jesus as Saviour, is forgiven and receives eternal life.

No one speaks of it, but at least some of the children buried in known and unknown unmarked grave, may have already believed in Jesus.

For them, their short lives accomplished the purpose of this life: to prepare for eternity.

Of course, the sins committed against Indigenous parents and children grieve all of our spirits.

Also, we need to know: Why were records not kept of who was buried where: e.g., "Johnny, Section A, Row 12, Plot 28"? And why were next-of-kin loved ones not informed? Why were these basic humanities not done? And if neglected, why did not government inspectors see to it that they were done?

I cannot believe ground-penetrating radar can determine the ethnic origin of a long-buried skeleton. But these key questions apply, they pertain, whoever those kids turn out to be.

Ralph Wood