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Liz Carlston – Columbine Survivor

Liz Carlston came to my local church ward and spoke to us at a Monday night activity. Liz was a basketball student during the Columbine incident of 1999. Here are a few of her messages:

When tragedy affects us and people ask us to relate our experiences, we can choose to speak a message of love and healing.
In our desires to prevent tragedy to happen again, our aim can be to change people’s hearts, as opposed to placing laws and limitations on them.
The many miracles that happened that day, including the failure of the propane-bomb detonations and the help of a nearby Vietnam-veteran nurse, show that God always has a contingency plan.

On the way there and driving through streets covered in five inches of snow I got my car stuck, then had it towed out by a stranger, and then had to leave my car in a parking lot and walk the rest of the way. It was totally worth it.

Review: A Grief Observed

A Grief ObservedA Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book is honest, and that is a remarkable thing for an author, C.S. Lewis, seeking to relate the experience of watching his wife die and then coping with the loss thereafter.
I read this book over a year ago, and many parts wander through my mind still. One in particular is the last paragraph, where he shares the last living moment with his wife:


I said to her, “When I am dying and am lying on my bed, I should like it very much if you would come visit me.
She said amidst her throws of agony, “God would not refuse me, and if hell tries to hold me back I shall break it to pieces.”
Then, after a few more moments of pain, she turned and said, “I am at peace with God,” but said it to the Priest, not to me. Poi si torno all eterna fontana.


The last words, Poi si torno all eterna fontana, mean “And then she returned to the Eternal Fount,” which were the last words of Dante’s Divine Comedy, when Beatrice returns to heaven.
I love this book. It illustrates the kind of relationship for which we are all looking.

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