In and Around Hannibal: A difficult week

Rita Hooper 


It’s been difficult to think of something to write about this week – the bombing at the Boston Marathon has taken the wind out of my sails so to speak.

Couple that with the rental truck at Oklahoma City that was briefly under suspicion, reminiscent of the bombing there in 1995 and the ricin letters to the senator and president, it’s been a tough week and it’s only Wednesday.

The country is on heightened alert. For a news junkie, it’s even a bit too much to assimilate – which reminds me, I haven’t heard anything on the North Korea threat since Sunday, I guess they haven’t sent off any nuclear bombs as was the suspicion they would do on Monday.

Life does go on for most of us.  Some of us will never be able to forget and will live with the losses as long as they live.

I have no sage words – but prayers can never hurt – for those who lost their lives and their families and friends — for those hurt so severely — for those first responders, volunteers, medical staff and law enforcement that helped so quickly making the loss of life less than it might have been — for our leaders that cool heads prevails — for ourselves that we not jump to hasty conclusions and loose faith in our fellow man.

The eight-year old who died Monday made a poster a year ago that read “Stop Hurting Each Other” and “Peace.”

Perhaps that’s one thing we can all do — stop the hurt, whether it’s bullying or mean words, not so good business practices or disharmony in families.

Maybe it’s making amends, maybe it’s reading and getting to know people that aren’t “just like us.”

In this season of new life, think about what it is that you and I can do to stop hurting others and bring that peace we all seek.


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