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3/07/2009

100 Word Challenge - Tragic

What follows is in response to the 100 Word Challenge, authored by our heroine, Velvet Verbosity. The word is 'Tragic'. This will be an exlporation of 'tragic' without using the word.

The preacher stood the pulpit, speaking to his congregation.
He was a man, no more no less.
But he had assumed the mantle of the Holy Man.
He had taken on the resposibility of guiding his flock to whatever there was of goodness and light in the world, working against the forces of darkenss and evil.
Such men are rare among us, but we find them on Sunday.
A man walked down the center aisle of the church, pulled out a gun, and shot the preacher three times.
The preacher, dead. The man, in custody. The congregation, stunned and mourning.


The story is true. It happened this morning in Central Illinois.

May God have mercy on his soul.

Ndinombethe.

20 comments:

Tara R. said...

That was so poignant, and so fitting for that tragedy. Nicely done.

Rebecca said...

The situation is AWFUL, but the 100 Words? Excellent!

redchair said...

OMG- I sure wasn't expecting that! My mouth is literally still ajar.
Your 100 word challenge is wonderful but I'm just stuck on the fact this is a true story.

Just so sad and heartbreaking living in this world today.

Vikki

Ashlie- Mommycosm said...

I just read about this. Truly TRAGIC.

Joyce-Anne said...

It's a senseless tragedy, I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the whole thing.

Kelley said...

Dude, amazing story, truly tragic. Even more so that it is true.

Hyphen Mama said...

OH MY GOD!!! I had no idea. I've turned off the tv today to focus on the goodness in my life. I had no idea.

Prayers to the families affected.

Tragedy. I'm speechless.

LceeL said...

Tara R: It was really one I would rather not have been able to write.

Rebecca: Situation awful. Just that.

Redchair: Yes, it gets a little tougher every day.

Ashlie: Truly.

Joyce-Anne: Me too, Joyce-Anne. Me too.

Kelley: Unfortunately - it is true.

Hyphen Mama: As am I, now.

Cathy said...

the situation is truly tragic. you wrote about it well

Velvet Verbosity said...

None of us know when tragedy will strike, or where, or who. A good reason to live every day as though it might be the last. I wonder what kind of suffering drives a man to kill a priest.

Velvet Verbosity said...

None of us know when tragedy will strike, or where, or who. A good reason to live every day as though it might be the last. I wonder what kind of suffering drives a man to kill a priest.

NicoleB said...

:(

Momisodes said...

So tragic. It is shocking and frightening just hearing about it. My heart goes out to his family, and the entire congregation.

maggie's mind said...

Some things still make my jaw drop in disbelief. Seeing that headline was one of them. So sad. So senseless.

Cat said...

well done - sad and tragic.

Bama Cheryl said...

You did a great job capturing it. Never hesitate with your writing pieces, Lou. Your sensitivity is remarkable.

Patsy said...

I'm this far behind. That is one of the most tragic things I've heard!!

You presented it the only way it could have been written. Well done on a difficult topic.

LceeL said...

Cathy: Truly that. Tragic.

Velvet Verbosity: I suppose it will all come out in the coming days.

NicoleB: Me, too.

Momisodes: Mine, too, Sandy.

Maggie's Mind: I was stunned when he told me about it.

Cat: Yes. Sad and tragic.

Bama Cheryl: Just sad. Not very sensitive at all.

Patsy: It was definitely that - tragic.

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

It was so sad and shocking to hear about this.

Lady Language said...

May God bless him and bring peace to his congregation and family. Such an awful thing.