Posted by 8TH. DAY
(see THE PRAYER LIST 18th. April 2011):
One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. (Andre Gide)
This past weekend I went back to the university campus where my partner and I were attacked. It was something I did not want to did. It was something my therapist thought was critical to do.
Things had changed on campus. The once very secluded area was not as secluded any more. Still, I walked the route and knew the spot immediately. The memories flooding back faster than I could process them. Flashbacks coming back hard. Debilitating, bitter, suffocating. The place where I lost half my heart and my foundations crumbled. This is the place I relive everyday yet I had never felt so lost.
I know that I will be on this voyage for a while longer before I discover those new lands. I know that there will still be days when I am feeling hopelessly lost and flailing, when I want to give up. But I also know that there is a whole crew of people who will not let me drown.
More news: The fire near Possum Kingdom Lake (which is the closest to the D/FW area) is twice as large as they orig thought. And all together, over 150 homes have been destroyed by the wildfires so far.
From CHANNEL 4 NEWS:
From BBC NEWS UK:
Capt Head died in hospital on Tuesday from injuries sustained in an explosion while clearing roadside bombs.
She is only the second female member of the UK armed forces to die in Afghanistan in nearly a decade. Her death takes the number of British military personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to 364.
Posted at DIOBETH NEWSPIN:
Pray for our young men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for their families:
Sgt. 1st Class Charles L. Adkins, 36, of Sandusky, Ohio
Spc. Paul J. Atim, 27, of Green Bay, Wisconsin
Spc. Joseph B. Cemper, 21, Warrensburg, Missouri
Spc. Joseph A. Kennedy, 25, of St. Paul, Minnesota
Spc. Donald L. Nichols, 21, of Shell Rock, Iowa
Sgt. Linda L. Pierre, 28, Immokalee, Florida
Pfc. Joel A. Ramirez, 22, of Waxahachie, Texas
Capt. Charles E. Ridgley Jr., 40, of Baltimore, Maryland
Staff Sgt. Cynthia R. Taylor, 39, of Columbus, Georgia
Spc. Charles J. Wren, 25, of Beeville, Texas
Pray also for the fallen heroes also of our coalition partners, and for the citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan who have died, unnamed and unknown to us, and for those who mourn ... and for an end to this endless war.
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