Your Morning Tea: ..We Celebrate Their Lives, We Mourn Their Loss

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In Memory of 9 Lives Lost

"Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know that they are happy." -Author Unknown

     The members of the First Coast Tea Party are praying for each of the victims of this horrible tragedy and for a hedge of healing and protection to surround each family member in their time of loss and sorrow. Our love is sent to all those with broken hearts and for the community of Charleston.....

Psalm 147:3-5

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."

"The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that's what you've given me. That's what I'd hoped to give you forever."

"For always - forever beyond here on to eternity. For always - you will here with me. For Always - I will  know that you are here deeply inside of me. For always - you are inside my heart."

     As we always do we ask "why?" Most often we never know and we lean on our faith to carry us through the darkness knowing that our God is good and that all that happens is his plan. Each of these beautiful people have left us with their loved ones, who today need the love and support of all Americans. Survivors, who have shown each of us in this troubled land that it is unity, respect of our fellow man combined with love and forgiveness that should bind us in our everyday lives. For we are all God's children. Let their lives not have been in vain let us unit as one in peace.

     As Americans, we have a role now in order to respond to the people of Charleston. We think of Mother Teresa who said: "We don't do great things, we do small things with great love." If our country could come together doing those small things whatever they might be..........we can touch the folks of Charleston. "The giving heart gathers." They are people of faith and they need to know that America mourns with them. They are truly Gods servants with faith and they have shown us the way.

I share with you the words of Alveda King:

"Bad things keep happening all over. Now Charleston, S.C., is the tragic main event. We need to pray for America. "We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools,” as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. eloquently and succinctly put it. I was in route for a prayer vigil and march when I got the call. All eyes are on Charleston. Violence is still looming and lurking.

Friends, this isn't the time for violent riots or race-baiting. It's time for prayer and leadership. Officials including the mayors, the police, the governor, the national guard, Congress, and the president need to pray and enforce peace and justice.


Understand that evil knows no color. My grandmother Alberta King was shot down and killed by a crazed black man while playing the organ in Ebenezer Church in Atlanta in 1974. My mother Naomi King, Daddy AD's wife, was in the ambulance with Big Mama when she died. We didn't riot; we prayed. Decisive prayerful and positive action is needed now! Granddaddy King said, “Pray and forgive."

Pray, don't riot. People are being slaughtered in the womb, in their beds, and for God's sake while worshiping in church. This isn't just about race. It's time for the human race of Acts 17:26 to pray for America."


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Comment by Franklin W. on June 23, 2015 at 3:24pm

This comment is mine and not intended to be connected to anyone else or to influence anyone else.  

My thoughts have been changed towards this Charleston church.  Bringing in obama to give a race speech and lecture for a eulogy shows contempt, hypocrisy and more of the same.

If unity, peace and coming together is supposed to be the message as has been played out in the media.   Bringing in the Nation's biggest divider and openly racist Potus is pure hypocrisy.

This to me is nothing more than using a man's funeral as an opportunity to give a race speech to further fuel the racist divide in America.  As far as I am concerned to bring in obama negates anything that may have been said by the grieving families when media stuck a TV camera in their face so soon after the incident.

This is purely my opinion and thoughts and out of some respect for those that were killed I will stop here and refrain from completely speaking my mind.  

My last thought; I am very disappointed at this turn of events.  I had hoped to see something different this time.  That hope was foolishness.   I won't go there again.

Comment by sabrina Wheeler on June 23, 2015 at 2:46pm

Why do bad things happen to good people? It is mankind’s age old question - We pray for God’s peace for the families of the victims and swift justice for the accused. We live in troubled times and need HIM now more than ever. 

Comment by Carole McManus on June 23, 2015 at 11:16am

What a tragedy for America and especially the families, friends and neighbors in Charleston.  We have witnessed a remarkable spirit among the citizens of Charleston.  Their grace, peace and forgiveness as witness of God's love, is an example to us all of how to live and love.  It's a blessing to see "these hearts" shine in special ways during this time of a national loss.  The people of Charleston are role models for us all.

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