Posts Tagged ‘ tragedy in Connecticut ’

JUST FOR SUNDAY: 12/23/12

Dec 23rd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Things won’t unfold as usual this holiday season. For seniors and those of us whose orientation to keep abreast of goings on, we are aware of the huge shift in the national mood over the past number of days.

To assume that things can shift back to some kind of normalcy is to be blinded to the dynamics that have affected and consumed us all. Businesses and every other facet of daily life has been broadly and specifically targeted with the need for reflection, introspection and dissection of what is moving abroad in our land.



BREATHE DEEPLY, PRAY EARNESTLY, LIVE PURPOSEFULLY

Dec 19th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Each day brings more revelations of those affected, of those touched, of those involved, of those whose tears won’t stop. The tragedy in Newtown is, to be sure, one of the worst catastrophes that could possibly invade anyone’s life. Cataclysmic and horrendous. Are there any words that conjure up just how profound the pain really is?

Persons most affected, those far distant, those whose empathy stretches beyond any miles, the many who know, somehow deep in their hearts and souls, what agony those nearest must be enduring. It will not subside suddenly. It will not dissipate easily. It will not ease immediately.

Each seeks to find something that helps. Some salve, some balm, some relief, Oh, Please dear God.



NO ORDINARY MONDAY FOR ANYONE

Dec 17th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors, like everyone else on this Monday morning, are touched by the tragedy over the last several days in Newtown, Connecticut. This is not one of those places terribly far away and isolated from the reality of our own existence. Elderly, grandparents, whatever label is attached to us applies to our deep sense of pain for those, our age and older, who have lost grandchildren and those first grade wonders that were taken at the hand of a very seriously disturbed young man.

His action held hostage those whose relationships ended in a flash. Teachers, administrators, first graders, all who had reason aplenty for that not to happen on this otherwise ordinary weekend. The affects of the actions of a troubled soul will create more troubling despair for a long time to come.



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 12/16/12

Dec 16th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Most American towns, that were of any size during the Second World War, offered mostly young men in the service of the country. Those towns and cities now have monuments and statues commemorating their contribution to fighting and sometimes dying in that war. Towns and cities in America honor the brave men and women who fight and die to preserve our freedom.

Parks and special commemorations mark the many who served and those who died. Our time seems to be scarred, however, with a new phenomenon. Will special markers be placed at those spots where our own have killed our own? This is no proud achievement, like those of earlier times. This is a form of insanity, disturbance, a heaviness on the land that we surely do not wish to celebrate. It