Friday, June 19, 2015

A Moment of Silence






Dear Reds and lovely readers,


I'm going to interrupt our normal schedule of blogging in light of the Charleston church shootings.


Had a really light and fun blog post planned for today — and I can't. Really just can't. My heart is too heavy.


I know I've talked a lot about Miss Edna and how much I and we all miss her — but there are so many horrible things that happened since her death — I'm glad she was at least spared seeing this latest atrocity. 


I would like to share one memory I have of her. After the events of 9/11, I recall going to a service with my husband and her. And the preacher spoke about our own light and letting it shine, even in the darkest of times. Especially in the darkest of times.



Please — let's take a moment of silence. 


Thank you. 


                                       Yours sincerely,


                                        Susan

22 comments:

Joan Emerson said...

Sending our thoughts and prayers . . . .

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Yes.

Kaye Barley said...

"Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come."

Auden

Anonymous said...

Sending thoughts and prayers

Lucy Burdette aka Roberta Isleib said...

It's so important for us to bring our light, because people like that man bring so much darkness...sometimes it's hard to see our way forward.

Hallie Ephron said...

Thanks for posting this, Susan. I've thought of little else since the news broke.

Mary Sutton said...

"Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house." Matthew 5:15

Susan Elia MacNeal said...

Hey, everyone. Kaye, the Auden is perfect, thank you. And Mary, thank you for the full quote. xx

Libby Dodd said...

Thank you all.
And Kaye, thank you for your very sane and on the money post today.

Deb Romano said...

I don't have the words to express how shocked I was to hear this horrible news. Yesterday I heard a radio interview with a minister who reminded people that that church now is without a shepherd to help them through this trauma or to officiate at their funerals. I was driving at the time, and had to force back the tears so I could drive safely. The victims and families are in my prayers.

Libby Dodd said...

Let the lost be remembered and named and the perpetrator forgotten in anonymous ignominy.

Deborah Crombie said...

Thank you, Kaye and Mary, for the Auden. And thank you, Susan, for giving us the opportunity to share our grief.

Edith Maxwell said...

Tears. And Light.

Jungle Red Writers said...

Thanks, you guys. I'm glad we can at least be together today, if only on the blog. xxSusan

Cyndi Pauwels said...

Thank you.

Namaste.

Lisa Alber said...

Yes, thank you.

Ellen K said...

Where's the "like" button? Meaning, of course, that I like your post, not what precipitated it.

Mar (aka mar annabelle jacob) said...

horrible tragedy - my prayers are with the family and friends of the victims, the church and it's members.

I also pray for the family of the person who killed innocent people - I cannot imagine how they feel knowing their son, brother, grandson, etc did this henious deed

Reine said...

Thank you, Susan.

Anonymous said...

I join everyone in all the sadness and prayers... I've been in this lovely city.... when will it all stop... Thelma Straw in Manhattan, sadly, prayerfully for this beloved nation of ours and our ancestors...

Karen in Ohio said...

Susan, just as I was clicking on the link to your post I was thinking of how many of us have mixed families, including my own. To make life so delineated denies the potential richness of experience that we humans have to share with one another.

My heart grieves for the fallen, for their families, and for those who are the target of anger and hatred everywhere, most particularly for something so random as skin color.

Kathy Reel said...

I had a lengthy response typed and lost it. Suffice it to say that I am so sad that those beautiful souls lost their lives because of the hate that I will never understand. I'm also so mad that these hate-filled monsters value the lives of others so little. Nine good people gone. I'm heartsick.