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ministry never stops...

It seems that since it is now public that I am staying here, I am doing about 3 times as much work as I had been before. It is fun, but definitely tiring, and this week has just been tiring in and of itself with the whole Virginia Tech thing. It just seems to take an emotional toll on anyone and everyone I come across.

Today, while reading the biographies of the people that were murdered, the whole thing became a lot more real. One girl was from Champaign, IL, a city I still regard as home in many ways. She was a member at a local UMC in the area that I attended a few times. Reading a statement from a pastor I know, about a girl a few years younger than myself, made it ever so real.

Then reading about a girl from Annandale, VA, a town that holds a special place in my heart even though I've never been there. I still wear a shirt given to me by a youth group there, a group that attended camp at Mountain TOP the year that I was on volunteer day camp staff. I still remember a lot of those kids, they were a great group. I would imagine that most of the kids from there knew the girl that was from there, they are all about the same age as she is and they all attended Annandale High School with her.

I don't know what the proper reaction is to this whole situation. Right now my heart just seems to ache when I read CNN, or hear people talking about it, or bring myself to think about it. It just continues to break my heart.
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