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Kolaches and Tears

By: GardenGrrl , 11:48 PM GMT on April 18, 2013

Can tears wash away tragedy? Can prayer heal broken homes and hearts?
Too many times this week too many people are asking this question.


West, Texas. West, the Czech Stop. Everyone that drives 35 to Austin or Dallas knows West. It's where we stop and get kolaches. Wonderful square pastries filled with fruit. A town full of dueling bakeries each looking to entice travelers to come to their shop.
Nothing bad could happen to a town built with dough, sugar and fruit.

Twice this week the things we never dreamed could be tragic have been struck by the unthinkable.

People have been saying the world has become too full of evil. Too full of ugly. The bad outweighs the good.

In these times, in these times of despair, of sadness, broken people, of loss, these are the times we choose. We choose who we are. We choose what we still want the world to be.

So many good people feel there is more bad than good. Now is the time to face evil. To face senseless loss. Defy the hate. To look the ugly and the evil straight in the eye and say; "There are more of us than there are of you".

And with that we rebuild.

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7. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:48 AM GMT on April 21, 2013
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6. BriarCraft
6:01 PM GMT on April 20, 2013
Very well said, GG! Good sentiment. Well said. And it's nice to see you've found a new use for Choose Hope. I'm all for optimism, for choosing to focus on the good and the hopeful, rather than the bad and fearful. It's especially important to understand that moods and sentiments are contagious. Your words are words of wisdom from someone who has looked the bad stuff in the eye and refused to give in or give up. Lead on, GG! And with that we rebuild.
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5. janetlee
2:22 PM GMT on April 19, 2013
Thanks for stopping by, next we'll have a cuppa on the patio :-)
Sandi, I would say Mr. Strauss spoke well for all of us. We do not need to be held hostage by those who wish nothing more have to cause great harm to us. We need to carry on but be very aware of our surroundings.
GG, I was noticing your reference to the kildeer, we have a nesting pair down near our pond. They put on a great show everytime we approach. Love them..
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4. GardenGrrl
1:34 PM GMT on April 19, 2013
Beautiful statement by Mr. Strauss.
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3. sandiquiz
9:26 AM GMT on April 19, 2013
Just when you think the world is travelling on a smoother path, along comes some tragedy to bite us on the derriere .

Whether it is man-made in the form of a bomb, or man-made it he form of negligence at at factory full of potentially combustible ingredients, or a dictator who is holding the world on a knife edge.... these things will continue to happen, just as they have throughout history. But it doesn't make those occurrences, in the here and now, any easier to shoulder.

As you know it is the London Marathon this Sunday, and many quotes are coming out from runners who are taking part.

This one, from Andrew Strauss, a former English cricket captain, sums up how we all feel, I am sure.

"It's a horrendous tragedy and I think this is an opportunity for all of us that are involved in the London Marathon to come out and do our bit and show a bit of solidarity and also show that we're not going to cower with fear," Strauss said.

"The world goes on and this is our opportunity to show in our own tiny little way that terrorism doesn't work, and we will not be ruled by it."

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2. GardenGrrl
2:23 AM GMT on April 19, 2013
Great links about all the people helping out.

Yea Texans! (and imported Texans :)!
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1. shoreacres
12:34 AM GMT on April 19, 2013
Here's a link to one of the best collections of photos from West that I've seen.

And here's a link that contains all sorts of infomation about helping, including the address of the bank in town that's accepting cash donations. It also has lists of most-needed items, and a variety of locations where in-kind donations can be left. Also, there's a useful list of resources in Waco and College Station.

And here's a gallery of photos from some of the efforts to collect items today in Houston. Gallery furniture is providing as many trucks as the good people of Houston can fill and driving them up tonight. Other congregations, veterinarians, community groups and such are doing their thing, of course.

And don't forget those with special needs - the elderly from the nursing home will need nightgowns, robes, slippers, and so on, and pets will need food, kitty litter and toys.

This one's for the people of West.

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