June 7, 2014

In Moncton




Wednesday Evening

On Wednesday evening, someone dressed in fatigues and armed with weapons was walking in a neighborhood of our city. He shot five strong and courageous RCMP officers when they responded to the calls. The search for him lasted about 30 hours. The north end of our city, which includes my school and their families, was in lock down during that time. People were told to not leave their houses, to stay away from the windows and to keep outdoor lights on at night. Schools and businesses were closed.  It was terrifying for the city. At 12:10 on Friday morning, the Mounties captured the man. We are thankful. We are grieving. We are changed. On Monday, teachers will see their students for the first time and I long to wrap my arms around mine.

Much has been written in newspapers and in the media, and much will be written over time by many near and far. While I can't write under the heading "Celebrate" with Ruth this Saturday, I can write a list of thanksgiving...

...Jim and Annie were at volleyball practice. Jim called to say the school was in a lock down. They were able to come home later that night when the RCMP said it was safe. Thankful.

...Eliza was at the local high school for a dance for future grade 9's. She was able to go home with Christine and her dad. Thankful.

...Our District Superintendent kept staff informed and schools were closed to keep everyone safe. Thankful.

...There were people who were near him and saw him, and they are alive. Thankful

...The RCMP were able to use Twitter to communicate with us. Thankful.

...A friend's son who was biking in the area during the shooting was kept safe and she was able to get to him and his friend. Thankful.

...A friend and her family were at a ball game nearby. Their oldest son was home alone but safe. Thankful.

...Two daughters of a friend were biking, saw officers and went a different direction. Thankful.

...Friends were walking nearby as they waited to pick up their daughter from a school event. They heard something and then a police officer drove by and commanded they go inside to be safe. Someone asked them into their home. Thankful.

...A friend, whose husband is with the RCMP, said "God sent the rain." On the second night, the weather was cooler and the heat-seeking plane was better able to help locate him. Thankful.

...There are countless ways, known and unknown, that the RCMP protected us. Thankful.

...People are showing their love and appreciation for our heroes and their families. Thankful.

While things have changed for us here, we will hold to God's unchanging hand.



Photo Source: Wayne Moore



14 comments:

  1. I'm glad you see so much to be grateful for, but also sad that it happened at all. Here's to hugs for everyone, especially your students on Monday.

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  2. We can celebrate that you have so many reasons to be thankful, while grieving for the loss of life. I'm so sorry to learn of these horrific acts that occurred in your town and near your school. You are in my prayers today.

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    1. Thank you, Elsie and thank you for praying.

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  3. Wow - so very scary! And so much to be thankful for during this very stressful time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your town.

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    1. Michelle, thank you. Means a lot to me. <3

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  4. These are the moments during which we truly need Ruth's sentiment of celebration. No matter how horrific the situation, there is always goodness amongst the tragedy. You are brave for writing so soon, so raw today. My heart is with you, with your community, and especially with your students who will need guidance to wrap their hearts around these events.

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    1. So true, Christy. There is goodness to be found. And I love the Mister Rogers quote that reminds us to "“Look for the helpers. You always find people who are helping."

      Thank you so much for your note and for being here with your heart.

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  5. Scary, sad and doesn't make sense. I am sorry for the fright you all were in. I am sorry for the loss of the officers. Your list of gratitude spreads strength and warmth. Keeping you in my thoughts.

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    1. It doesn't, Terje. My heart is heavy for so many. Thank you for thinking of us.

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  6. So thankful for all of these things. Best wishes to your family and community as you heal and grieve. We were watching all of this with much sadness in Vancouver.

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  7. Loralee,
    This just makes me sad. More and more these types of occurrences happen. More and more we actually know people who are touched by the event. A little prayer for strength and healing for community and the families living there.

    Cathy

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers and for your note, Cathy.

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