Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Please, a moment of silence for the forgotten millions

A moment of silence please. This nation is mourning the deaths in Arizona from the senseless shootings of one young man. He cut short the lives of six, wounded thirteen, and scores of people around the country are, and will be affected by his actions for the rest of their lives. Makes no sense. A friend tells me that you can't make sense out of nonsense. Sadly, I have to say I agree with her.

I was thinking about the Oklahoma City bombing, where 168 people, including young  children, and 680 were wounded on April 19, 1995. Another senseless loss of lives. A yearly moment of silence is practiced to remember those souls. The country was in a state of shock for a long time.

Of course 9/11 was a fateful day in 2001, when nearly 3,000 people died by the hands of 19 terrorist plane hijackers in New York City, Arlington, and rural Pennsylvania, and many more were injured.  Again, this entire country remembers this senseless, tragic loss of lives every year. Since that day, just about every facet of living in this country has been altered. 

 I was thinking this nation has a moment of silence to remember the 13 people who were shot and killed at Fort Hood, Texas in 2009. 13 precious lives were ended by the senseless mass shooting, which also injured others, of one man who wanted to shoot innocent people.

 Then I got to thinking, why doesn't this nation have a moment of silence to remember the unborn baby's lives senselessly terminated by induced abortions every day in this country? Since abortions have been legal in all 50 states since 1973, there have been not thousands, not a million, but approximately 39 million innocent, little lives prematurely ended.  Don't they deserve a moment of silence?  To get a grasp of this, I've calculated and rounded 35 years of legal induced abortions, and that number comes to one million, one-hundred fourteen thousand little lives ripped apart per year, which means approximately 3,000 little lives are ended every day of the year. They never had a chance. Why isn't this country grieving about that?  

Moment of silence for millions of lives senselessly ended or missing
Photo credit: anitapatterson from morguefile.com

And, thinking about missing persons and missing children who fail to be reunited with their families again, leaving no answers or clues of what happened.  Whole families, communities, neighborhoods, and towns are left to go on with somber, broken, bleeding hearts. We're all changed. Those persons not heard from again deserve a moment of silence for being stolen away.

I could go on, but still, you can't make sense out of nonsense.

In our National day of Prayer, do you remember and pray for these young souls and the families dealing daily with their loss? Let's respect all the lives senselessly ended or missing each year. What do you say? 

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