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Out, Out Brief Candle

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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 uncannynerdyguy

November 3, 2010 at 1:11 am

Avarice

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I have known the solitude of the sun

Shining in a sky filled with

Stars, birds, and multitudes that

Never do they feel for it.

Each trails across the azure

Heedless of his plight

Because he flares on, never complaining

Even when, clouds try to hide his beauty.

I have seen stars on the earth

Looked on for shining too brightly

In a society that seeks to blot them out

To extinguish them because they too cannot shine.

Written by uncannynerdyguy

March 3, 2010 at 11:31 am

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