Friday, April 20, 2007

Moment of Silence

Today, the citizens of Virginia and others around the world gathered for a moment of silence for the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings.

I am so thankful that I work in a place where I could gather with my students and pray - and not be silent.

May we all not be silent as we see people around us drowing in a sea of despair. May we all reach out and support those around us.

God help us all.

1 comment:

Shelina said...

This post gives me a chance to stupid question. For my edification. Why a moment of silence at a particular time? I understand praying, and silence. But why at a particular time?

Is it because all these prayers prayed together will reach God better? Like voting?

Or is it because it will give an opportunity for people who wouldn't normally pray to remember to pray?

Or is it to publicly show unity and concern?

In Islam (I studied this when my grandmother died), the person is in this waiting period. So during this waiting period, a certain number of people have to vouch for them so they can go to heaven. Is this kinda what that is - to help the deceased? Although it seems most of the prayers are going to the families and loved ones of the deceased.