Tuesday, April 16, 2013

With Heavy Hearts...

I had originally planned a different, more upbeat post for today titled "Stranger than Fiction," where I was going to talk about how sometimes life's realities are so much more_________than anything we could ever dream up as writers. (You can fill in this blank with a variety of adjectives: amazing, beautiful, serendipitous...tragic, horrific, terrifying, etc.)

But then yesterday's events at the Boston Marathon occurred. As the news unfolds today we are witnessing the heartbreaking realities of a truly tragic, horrific, and terrifying event that is almost too awful to believe. I added the "almost" here because of all of the other horrifying events that our country has dealt with in recent years. The collective memory of our nation includes some devasting events. Today is also the 6th anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting, another senseless attack on innocent people, and I know of several people who are keeping those victims in their hearts and prayers today, too. 

So I will save my originally planned post for another day, and keep everyone who was touched by these tragedies in my prayers and close to my heart today. I will be thankful that my friend and neighbor who completed the Boston Marathon yesterday arrived safely home last night along with her husband and two young children, who were there to cheer her on. And I will be thankful that my cousin who is a professor of music at Virginia Tech escaped the violence on April 16, 2007.

And I will pray for peace.

Photo courtesy of K92 Radio

12 comments:

  1. Today is also the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," written in 1963. He wrote, "We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

    We are all in this together.

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    1. Wow, Diane, I did not know that. Thank you for sharing--it is a wonderful (and sadly appropriate) quote.

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    2. Wow I love this Martin Luther Kings message. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Dear Becky,
    Sad. So very sad. I am glad your neighbors got home safely. I am praying, too.

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  3. Yes, PEACE. Always.

    I cannot manage posts on senseless violence, as they take, for me, a whole novel. I am rendered speechless by the sort of thing that just went down.

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  4. I know what you mean, Mirka. It was very hard for me to keep this short (I had to edit a LOT). There is so much more to say, but I didn't want to rant. Let's hope that the rest of the week is much happier! = )

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  5. Thanks for writing this, Becky!

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    1. You are so sweet, Tracy! Thank you for reading!

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  6. Thank you for the prayers and loving thoughts directed to me and my family. I feel beyond blessed to be the recipient of a loving and caring thoughts. Love to you and yours Sweet Becky!

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