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The Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the courage to change the things I can;
the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
and the wisdom to know the difference;
living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time,
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen
– Reinhold Niebuhr

Once again in my life, I am reminded of how precious life is and how quickly it can be taken away. Over the weekend, one of my students was involved in a car accident. She and one of her friends were driving down the highway when they went off the road and struck a tree. My student was pronounced dead at the scene and her friend was taken by life-flight to a local hospital. Neither girl was wearing a seat belt…I found out Monday morning when a student told me about it.

I was shocked. It’s so strange to me that someone can be sitting in your class one day and be gone several days later. As I’ve told others, I know that life is a fleeting thing. Still, it’s such a disjointed and weird feeling. Honestly, I didn’t know this student that well, but she seemed like a sweet girl. The conversations that I did have with her were pleasant, and she was always smiling. Now, she’s somewhere else. . .or maybe not (who knows?). I just know that I pray for her family and friends in this difficult time. There’s nothing in the world that can compare to the loss of a friend, sister, child, etc.

They leave a hole that each of us try to fill in some way….it’s a hard thing…as I sit here writing this, I find myself tearing up because I’m thinking about the empty space that I’ll see in my class the rest of the semester. This will be a hole that I have to deal with… I can’t imagine what her family is going through.  

  So, while I won’t mention her name here, I hope that my blog readers will pray for her family too. I leave you with a Moses Hogan Song “We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace” which I think is appropriate for this situation.

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Written by barryr22

November 3, 2010 at 1:11 am

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