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Rev66  (Level: 86.4 - Posts: 85)
Thu, 5th Oct '06 10:27 PM


I live in Lancaster County, PA, where we have undergone one those tragedies which begs understanding. Today the funerals of some of the victims was held and in our hearts and with our eyes we wept for the victims. I ask that the Sploofus community, which means so much to all of us, join their hearts in prayer, one community to another,for the victims of this terrible event. We are also praying of the children of the killer who must now carry the stigma of their father's horrendous action.
The Amish families are aready speaking of forgiveness. Let us pray for them that they may find solace and peace in forgiving.

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Thu, 5th Oct '06 11:11 PM

The whole community is in my prayers. Their trust and hope in God is an amazing thing to witness.

Rach66  (Level: 93.6 - Posts: 23)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 10:06 AM

Thanks Rev: I don't know what to say other than your whole community will be in my thoughts and prayers. -Rachael-

Frannie  (Level: 96.2 - Posts: 68)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 12:08 PM

I hope we can all gain strength from the incredible capacity for forgiveness the Amish are showing us. When I read how they reached out to the Roberts family with love and comfort my high respect for them grew even stronger.

Mskillian  (Level: 65.1 - Posts: 226)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 12:18 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy. What a horror - I admire the Amish community so much. I am just sick for all their families and for the Roberts family as well.

Gypsylady  (Level: 141.0 - Posts: 6037)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 12:32 PM

Thank you Reverend for starting the post. I didn't realize that was where you were from, but I have been seeing the coverage on the news. It is a very horrific ordeal for anyone to have to go through. I also pray for the families of the girls who were lost, the recovery of the ones in the hospital, for the family of the one who committed this tragedy, and the community. I didn't realize until the coverage that the Amish were such a forgiving people which would be a hard thing under the circumstances. I also respect this and their customs. We all could probably learn something from them.

Surreyman  (Level: 257.4 - Posts: 2766)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 3:45 PM

The sad news is all over the UK media too.
All thoughts with you .........

Silkonthelake  (Level: 144.0 - Posts: 21)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 4:13 PM


Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 6:07 PM

We saw the story in Oz as well....the horrific murder of those innocent children, and the Amish forgiveness is beyond belief.
Will we ever know the reasons beyond this senseless destruction of young lives and the seclusion in which they lived?

Podunk111  (Level: 94.0 - Posts: 10)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 6:38 PM


We (my hubby and I) have been praying for all the community & families affected. It was so encouraging to hear of the Amish Community's willingness to reach out to the widow of the man who had inflicted such pain. I can't help but feel tremendous sorrow for her and for her children, as well. It's just such a shock!

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 686)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 8:00 PM

My community also went thru something very similar recently although, this person killed a lot more sad that these sick people have to take out innocent children with tragic. My prayers are with all the families and the community as well. My prayers also include that this should never happen again.

Geophile  (Level: 157.3 - Posts: 1510)
Sun, 8th Oct '06 6:30 PM

The forgiving ways of the Amish will, hopefully, help the children of the murderer to grow without the stigma their father placed on them. His wife and children are as helpless as those little victims whose lives he took. He also took the lives of his own family. Who has been able to make any sense at all out of this? No matter our individual religious beliefs, forgiveness is absolutely the hardest of all virtues to practice. We all could learn from the Amish.

Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Sun, 8th Oct '06 10:58 PM

I,too,am a resident of Lancaster County. It has been edifying to witness the forgiveness of the families,and the bravery of the children. It truly seems to have brought the whole community together,I hope we can continue to support each other.

Kakman7  (Level: 63.5 - Posts: 15)
Mon, 9th Oct '06 1:32 PM

My prayers are with you all in Lancaster. God bless you all.

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