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Thinking About Charleston Today

When I woke up Thursday morning and heard about the tragedy in Charleston, I couldn’t believe it for a while.  When I told Mr. D about it, I wanted to think I had a nightmare and it wasn’t really true.

I have written about Charleston many times on this blog and it is one of my favorite places to visit.  I think of the wonderful people I have met and talked to in Charleston and the friendliness and kindness they always expressed.  It has saddened me to think of the hurt they are experiencing right now.

Today, in memory of the people who lost their lives while worshiping and studying the Bible in their church, I just want to share some pictures taken during my visits to Charleston.  I see this tragedy as bringing the city of Charleston together instead of tearing it apart. Our country needs to value life again and stop the killing.

In 1989 Hurricane Hugo devastated the city of Charleston and they rose up from that and rebuilt the city.  They will recover from this tragedy too. There is an old saying that “The South Shall Rise Again and Charleston Shall Rise Again Too.

As you look at these pictures please keep the wonderful people of Charleston in your thoughts and prayers.

Below is a picture of me with Betty Simmons that sells baskets in front of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in downtown Charleston.

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The picture below is of  the steeple of St. Michael’s and that has always been a landmark for me that I have arrived in the beautiful city of Charleston.

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The picture below is of a park in downtown Charleston.

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The following pictures or street scenes or pictures of homes as we walked through the city a couple of years ago.

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As I wrote this post, the words to this song came to mind.

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.

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Growing up in the South, I knew having a gun as a possession was a way of life for many.  However, the people who owned them also had a respect for life.  Times have changed. I hope this tragedy will help us to realize how precious life really is.  Thanks for stopping by.

4 responses »

  1. I also was stunned about the horrible news. I remember you picture of Betty as I have one of her baskets and had the pleasure of also meeting her. Yes, we grew up with guns, but like you we would never have considered using them on another human being. Peace on Earth ….it seems so far away.

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