Prayer Request: Virginia Tech

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Joe Boy

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May the God of all comfort comfort the students, parents, family members and friends.

What a horrible loss.

Tears flow for those who have lost their life and family.

Every day we should be touched by those who lose their life serving our country.

May God bless those who hurt!
 

Joe Boy

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I stayed up late last night and watched the news over and over as my heart was so heavy for the useless loss of life of talented people.  Besides being aggravated by the "dumb" question and insensitive questions asked by educated news people, I was heart-torn by the photos of those whose families had been informed of their passing.

Our middle son has 4 children and he was in the second war in Iraq.  We kept the three oldest children for 3 years and he has re-married and has a little baby girl.  He is the plant manager for a large frozen food processing company.  His unit in the Texas National Guard was told, "You are on call, and you know what that means."  They go to Austin Friday to make sure all of their paper work is up to date and will be activated around the first of May.  Jimmy does not want to go....  He did not want to re-up but they told him if he didn't he would be activated when his unit was anyway since we are short on service people.  This is what is going on all across America.  The Oklahoma unit was activated two weeks ago and will be in Iraq for over a year.  Jimmy was really excite about going the first time, not now.  He has seen all the death he wants to see.  He was the head guard on the gate of he hospital and the first one to treat anyone, mostly civilians after the war part ended.  He was kind of like a quarterback for 6 missile launching units.  His unit had about 100 men in it the first time, and now only 30 some odd.  Every meeting the guys are pressured to sign up to volunteer to go to Iraq or if you don't sign up to go to Egypt or to the border to watch for aliens.  If you do not do either of these you will be going back to Iraq anyway.

When he went the first time I kept my mouth shut except to tell him was not going to be like the movies.  War is not a fun place to be.  When he came home he was so strung out that he washed his pickup 3 times a day, he could not sit and watch TV for 10 minutes, and it took him a while to adjust to normal life.  He went to a track meet and when the starter gun was fired hit the ground.  He knew that I knew what he felt....  It took a lot of paper work to get the Army to pay for his surgery after he returned for messing up his wrist loading captured ammunition. 

I do not write this for sympathy for Jimmy.  This is something that goes on every day in our country.  It did in Veit Nam, too.  Except those who came home from Veit Nam and Korea never got to enjoy a parade and for the most part those coming home today will not have the welcome home that Jimmy got after the first 13 months of the war.  Many divorces occurred in his unit.  But the great sorrow is for the families of those who do not come home and for them as they are alone and left to wonder for weeks at a time.  War has never and will never be fun.

I pray for our troops and our President to have wisdom in what is best for America and the world. 

May God bless those who have a heavy heart today!

 

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Israeli Professor Murdered As He Saved Students at Virigina Tech Shootings
Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/17/07


Posted on 04/17/2007 7:03:09 AM PDT by meg88


Israeli professor murdered as he saved students at Vriginia Tech shootings Source: Jerusalem Post

As Jews worldwide honored on Monday the memory of those who were murdered in the Holocaust, a 75-year-old survivor sacrificed his life to save his students in Monday’s shooting at Virginia Tech college that left 32 dead and over two dozen wounded.

Professor Liviu Librescu, 76, threw himself in front of the shooter, who had attempted to enter his classroom. The Israeli mechanics and engineering lecturer was shot to death, "but all the students lived - because of him," Virginia Tech student Asael Arad - also an Israeli - told Army Radio.

Several of Librescu’s other students sent e-mails to his wife, Marlena, telling of how he blocked the gunman’s way and saved their lives, said the son, Joe.

"My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee," Joe Librescu said in a telephone interview from his home outside of Tel Aviv. "Students started opening windows and jumping out."

Liviu Librescu, was respected in his field, his son said.

"His work was his life in a sense," said Joe. "That was a good place for him to practice his research."

The couple immigrated to Israel from Romania in 1978 and then moved to Virginia in 1986 for his sabbatical, but had stayed since then, Joe told Army Radio.
 

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God bless all those whose lives were torn apart by this terrible act of violence. I pray that God will wrap His arms around these victims and give them comfort in their time of grief .
 

cowz

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We do need to offer our prayers for healing all the families of the victims.  When tragedy like this occurs, it opens our eyes to what the mainstream society has become.  We have become so cynical.  You cannot watch TV without being exposed to hard violence or soft pornography.  It is so sad to take a step back and see how the family structure has decayed.

Pray for us all that our convictions stay strong, our faith never waivers and that our families come first!  Hug your kids today!
 

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May we never forget...

I certainly agree we all need to remember these folks in our thoughts and prayers, not just today, but for a long time to come. Twelve years ago today the Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City was bombed, and the Virginia Tech shootings (as well as the events of 9-11) were much in the thoughts and prayers of all at this mornings memorial. Having lost a nephew in the Murrah building, I can attest that every little bit of support from anyone, anywhere is greatly appreciated - sometimes that one kind gesture can make a tough day just a little bit easier.

Terrorism is indeed just that - terrifying. Alone, no one of us can stand against it, but together we will prevail.
 

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DLD: The Oklahoma bombing has taken a back seat to some of the other things going on. I'm sure in your family it will be a day never forgotten. I am very sorry for your family's loss.
Thank you for the reminder.

Red
 
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