may the world never forget the grief that you are experiencing.. may time ease the pain... may the murderers that committed this act be brought to a swift and righteuous end.. our thoughts are with you, I hope time eases the sorrow
-Scott Shillinglaw, Bowdoin College
Our thoughts are with you.
I hope that the murders will be caught. I think that they have to suffer for their attack!
Even from the most easterly point in North America, St. John's Newfoundland Canada, I extend my wishes and prayers. People can destroy people but people cannot destroy the happy memories and moments that you shared with loved ones. God bless
Dear residents of Oklahoma City, I wish the bombing had never happened and I am sad it did. I am praying for you and I hope nothing like that ever happens again. Sincerely,
-Sonja McLemore, Grade 4
As a federal worker, sister, daughter, wife, mom, and human
being, I have been stunned and impacted by this senseless
act of violence like no other in my life. In my 20 year
career as a public servant, there have been difficult times
but none to compare with this.
To all Oklahoma Cityans: my condolences and sympathy, but also my thanks - although bruised and damaged, your spirits prevail. Through your daily example, you demonstrate that good can win out over evil. As I write this, it has been exactly 2 weeks now - but you are all still very much in my thoughts and prayers.
For Public Service Recognition Week (May 1-7), I remember those martyred at the Murrah Federal Building - especially my fellow GSA employees, Steven Curry and Michael Loudenslager. Their dedication to the American people and service to the Federal community is worthy of recognition and honor. I also remember all those involved in rescue, relief, and recovery efforts. Thank you!!
For the National Day of Prayer (May 4), I will continue to pray for all people - in OKC and elsewhere - who have been hurt by this tragedy. God bless you all and comfort you in this difficult time!!
Dear inhabitants of Oklahoma City, Salutations from Alaska. I send my sympathy to you, especially those who have lost friends and family in the bombing. I know it's not easy excepting that someone dead you know. When I heard I had an older brother but he died I could not handle it until I realized that it wasn't my fault. The bomb is not your fault either, so let's do the best to prevent disasters not cause them. Sincerely,
-Michael Moss, Grade 4
Dear Everybody, I wish we could all do more to help, it must be truly horrible to experience something like this. God bless you.Sincerely,
-Rachel Fultz, Grade 4
Dear Paremts of kids that died,
I am very sorry fore what happend. I just wanted to say I know don't know how you feel. But I do no that you must be very sad and I just wanted to say I'm sorry. Sincerely,
-John Allen Grade 4
We are very sorry this happened. We feel your loss. Thanks to all of the brave people who've helped. We hope the people responsible are found quickly. Sincerely,
-The Fourth Graders in Mrs. Birno's Class, Eden Prairie, MN
They came to Oklahoma, one warm April Day,
with no other reason, than to take it away.
They came for our spirit, they came for our lives,
they came for our souls - they were in for a surprise.
They took a building, they took lives,
WE kept the rest. That's the surprise.
Our compassion, our love, our need to pray,
it's not their's to take, it's ours to give away!
Through the tears and through the pain,
through the sun and through the rain,
they tried their best,
but they tried in vain.
They can't defeat us, they can't win,
the SPIRIT OF OKLAHOMA prevails again.
We gave of ourselves, we gave of our time,
we gave of our money, dime after dime.
We showed up in droves on that horrible day,
to give our blood, to hope and to pray.
We showed up to give, we got in line,
the wait is five hours, ok, that's fine.
We gave our clothes, sun screen and more,
we gave batteries and gloves galore!
The call would go out, they needed some things.
Once it was mentioned, hundreds would bring.
The rescue workers are second to none,
they came at once, they're still not done.
The policemen, the firemen, they're heroes to us,
the medical personnel all get an A plus!
We've faced a horror that can't be described,
we're afraid that it changed us - for the rest of our lives.
we haven't changed, we're STILL who we WERE,
GOOD AND KIND, THAT'S FOR SURE!
We're scared and we wonder "how can this be?"
these things just don't happen in OKC.
It's a terrible thing - it will take some time,
but please be assured - the sun will shine.
We can't let them have it, they CANNOT succeed.
they can't have our soul - for that we need.
Our lives are made up of all that we are,
don't give them anything, not one single scar.
Oklahoma HAS won, the whole world knows.
We're the ones who have ended the show.
I'M PROUD OF YOU, and I'M PROUD OF ME,
we will recover - JUST WAIT AND SEE!
-author: Proud in OKC
I want to add my tears to the river of tear flowing over the dead from this senseless, despicable act.
Many people are praying for everyone in Oklahoma and also for those helping to rescue people. It is my strongest desire to see the government bring whoever is responsible for this senseless tragedy to swift and sure justice.
All of us in South Dakota are thinking of you and your pain. Remember, you are not alone. Remember, God is with you, we are with you.
-Jeff, Sioux Falls, SD
To the people of Oklahoma City, especially those who lost their loved ones, you are always in our thoughts. We offer thanks and support to the firefighters, medical personnel, and other rescue workers.
-Steve and Suzanne Young, Austin Texas
To all the friends, family and victims of the Oklahoma disaster: I would just like you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope that in your time of need or grievance that this might help. California might be a long way, but we are grieving for you also. May each day be a little easier and remember, our prayers are with you.
-Jennifer Pashone, University of La Verne, La Verne California
My heart is filled with sadness for your tremendous loss. I continue to pray for all of you that you will feel a bit of relief from your sorrows. May you find God's wisdom, guidance and peace.
-Kathy Darlington, Livermore, CA
To the Children:
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that't keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
Rest peacefully, little children
With deepest sympathy, the loss of a limb is not the end, since the rest shall continue to grow.
strength and faith.
I am sorry this disaster happend. I think people should not bomb other people. Don't you. Well thats all I have to say.
Sending my sympathy and heartfelt prayers to all involved in the horrible tragedy. May the good Lord give you the peace and comfort that you need to begin healing. Love through Jesus Christ,
On behalf of the high school students here in Salt Lake City Utah, we send our love, and sincere grief for what has happened. Our thoughts are with you. Sincerely,
-Students of Hillcrest High School
Be strong. We are all praying for everyone affected by the tragedy. I am 17 years old and have never been so upset by a tragedy before in my life I am finding myself very sad and depressed now. I have this anger towards the people guilty of this crime. I have never felt such a strong anger before in my life I never believed in the death penalty before, but I have found that I have changed my mind. That is how angrey I ahev become Its because of the feeling of security that has been taken away from me. It's more strongly for all the innocent lives taken by these individuals. I send my love and want to let everyone know that people in Maine are feeling sad and unsafe too. We are all higging the children a little tighter. I have a four year old brother that I love with all of my heart. That is why this has touched me so much. If I was to lose him I do not know what I would do. I feel for those of you who lost the little ones. But there safe and sound now. Hopefully justice will prevail. Lots Of Love,
As a college student in Nebraska, I watched in shock the events of the past few weeks in Oklahoma. I wish every family member and friend and survivor the peace and hope that comes from a power greater than ourselves. There are no certainties in life, but we must have faith in our Creator. God bless each one of you.
-Erin Duncan, Nebraska Wesleyan University
We are very sorry that you have lost loved ones. We are sad & angry that this happened to you. You are in our thoughts as we read about you every day.
-Love, Mrs. Fogarty's 4th grade class in Eden Prairie, MN
To the people in oklahoma ,
I am a girl than go to school in missouri . And i watch the news all week and I feel bad about the kids who got hurt in the bombing . I hope they get the people.It really hurt me to see kids who got hurt when i hear about the bombing how many kids was kill i just cry because i know how the mother, father,feel about lost a love and all the people hurt to . how can people go and hurt anyone?the people who did this should go to jial for life . well have to go , from ;a girl name
My sincere thoughts are with you all. We are all praying for you everyday for a speeding recover from this horrible action. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
It is too bad it takes such a senseless act of cowardness to bring the best out in people. I hope that someday some sense will come out of this but for now all you can do is morn and look towards the future. It is now in the hands of God and I wish you all the speed in healing. Good Luck
-Ron from Calgary, Alberta
No words can express the feelings in response to what has happened, but nevertheless, we want you to know that those of you who have directly experienced this loss and worked in Oklahoma City (and elsewhere) in the rescue effort are in our prayers and our hearts.
The Tears Are Real! I'm an 18 yr.old lifeguard from Nictaux West, Nova Scotia CANADA. I feel that nobody can ever understand this horror, yet we are all affected. This should not have happened, this could not have happened, yet it did in Oklahoma City. It can happen anywhere! Please help the rescuers, the injured, and the people left to mourn. Prayers from a small town is all I can send...but I know it will help someone and give them hope for the future. (WE CAN ALL DO IT TOGETHER! cry but have faith, for without tears there can not be healing).
-Daelyn Woolnough (18)
We wish to express our deepest sympathy to those of you lost loved ones during this heinous crime.
-Rob & Karen Frazier, Springfield, Virginia
To all Oklahomans, especially to Athena, who lost her mother in this tradedy, We are saddened by your grief and hopefull for your recovery. There is never an adequate explanation for why such pain must be endured, but you have endured with beautiful grace and dignity. The dedication, concern, and commitment of the rescue workers, the support staff, and the thousands of citizens who have offered their help, demonstrate what it means to love one another. This country has been permanently affected by your courage and community. We are praying that you will find strength and comfort among those who nurture you during your grief. It is our hope that your faith will sustain you and that your spirit will be strengthened and renewed through the love demonstrated by others. With heartfelt sympathy,
-John, Barbara, Erin, and Jeff
I hope the sun brightens your dark moments; it always does for me.
-From Mariah Mailman, Nova Scotia, Canada.
i am proud of the response of the local and larger community and deeply moved by the magnitude of the losses suffered. god bless all of you.
My deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing. May God bring peace to you and your loved ones.
May God be with you
My heart and prayers go out to all of the victim's families in Oklahoma and to everyone that was affected.
-Charisma C. Tiglao
Our family has mourned for the families in Oklahoma. It is our prayer that soon the healing will begin. We plan to plant a tree in memory of the lives affected by the bombing. You are in our prayers.
-The DeWitt Family, Helena, Alabama
My name is John Satvrakis and I'm writing to you from Melbourne, Australia. I would like to pass on my deepest sympathies to the all the families who lost a loved one in this disaster. I hope that the guilty get what they deserve!! To the good people of Oklahoma City I prey that you all can recover and put this behind you. Remember that not all people are like that, some people actually respect and cherish human life. May God be with you and help you in your time of need and grief. Sincerly,
-John Stavrakis, Melb., Aust.
GOD comfort those who lost loved ones!
GOD bless those who toiled to save who they could!
GOD punish those who would wish harm to another person!
GOD holds in HIS arms those who were taken too soon.
My prayers and condolances to those suffering.
Our deepest sympathy to all of those people in Oklahoma City who have been affected by the bombing of the Murrah Building. Sincerely,
-Castmembers of Incredible Universe, Seattle WA
To all Oklahomans,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Stay strong and God Bless !!Love,
-Patricia Reid,New York
There are no words to express the loss Oklahoma City and our entire nation have suffered. God doesn't give us a cross any heavier than we can bear, and he always sends us graces to accept those crosses. May your many graces now carry you through the doubt and darkness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
-Wade Sisson, Kansas State University
Our prayers are with the people in Oklahoma, those who mourn, those who were injuried, those who are sadden. We all feel the hurt. We all need the Lord Jesus Christ, especially at times like these. May God Bless.
-Church of Christ
To the families of the victims in Oklahoma City, our deepest sympathies. You are in our hearts and prayers. Our heartfelt wishes to you, your fellow citizens in Oklahoma City, and all of America for emotional healing in the aftermath of this disaster. Never again! Never again!
-Dan, Laura, Amy, and Erin Smith, Fresno, California
When something this awful happens, it's hard to find the words to comfort those injured in body and/or spirit. My prayers are with all who have lost their lives, friends, family, or innocence. And my prayers are especially with the rescue and relief people who have put aside their own grief to comfort others. These truelly are the heros.
-Dawn Margaret Chiara Vigo
You do not have to have been directly affected by this bombing to have it tear a gaping hole in your life. Anyone with a child, anyone who works in a seemingly benign office building, anyone who ever visits a government office on a routine errand, will be changed forever by this event. If your loved one was hurt or killed, I wish that by sharing in your pain that somehow I could lessen it. Hopefully sending this message will help ease my own sense of loss. With love...
Man's humanity to man is greater than its inhumanity. You are proof, Oklahoma.
I send another expression of sympathy to all those affected. There are no words.
-Lynne Cooney Barkett
I am a father of three, and a Pediatrician. I cannot begin to appreciate the pain you continue to endure, but can let you know that I am praying for you, and am crying with you.Courage & faith,
It is truly heartwrenching to experience this tremendous loss to our entire country, and almost incomprehensible to realize that the people in Oklahoma City must deal with the tragedy in such a personal and constant basis. Our family sends its deepest condolences to those in our sister state. Know that our thoughts are with you.
-Bob, Karyl & Gus Williams
Though the miles separate us, we can feel your pain. May the Lord give you His strenght to overcome and look to the future. From our island community to you, our prayers and aloha go out to you.
-Aloha Pumehana, Kenui, Susie, Noelani, Jessie, Michelle, and Becca Pope
My heart and prayers go to those who have suffered so terribly in recent days. May God bless all of you, and give you strength, courage and compassion.
-Terence Buie, Toronto, Canada
We extend our deepest sympathies to the families affected by this senseless act.
-Bob and Kay Norris
My prayers go out to all the survivors especially the families of the victims who were not recovered.
As we sit with our family of five, viewing info about OKC, we are thankful to be together and take a moment to pray for your families. God bless Oklahoma City.
To the people of Oklahoma City who are mourning this incredible tragedy and to all others who suffer from senseless acts of violence, our hearts are with you. Please do not lose faith.
-Steven and Pam Blakey, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
The death of any child is hard to accept. The deaths of the children in Oklahoma causes me grief beyond description. My children and I offer our most sincere sympathy to the parents, relatives and friend of these precious lost children.
-Steve, Chuck, and Katherine Chesler
Our Deepest sympathy to all the people of Oklahoma City. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you
-Kathryn and Terry Smith and Family
It is hard to believe that nearly three weeks have now passed since the moment when the tragedy began to unfold. Life does go on, but not as before. The thoughts and prayers of millions are with the people in Oklahoma City (and beyond) whose daily lives have been altered forever by the acts of one individual--a few--or possibly many selfish people who chose that forum to share their own problems with the world.
-Joann Starks, Austin, Texas
Your strength and courage in this tragedy has been an inspiration to the world. Peace always.
-Gretchen Whitney, Knoxville TN
To all of the friends and family of those who perished in the Oklahoma Disaster- Our prayers and thoughts are with you every minute, of every day. We thank the rescue workers for their courageous efforts, and commend them.
-Adi Rosenblum, Lawrence, Kansas
I would like to express my sympathy to all those whose lives have been touched by the terrorism. To those who have lost a friend, a comrade, a co-worker or a Loved One,----please accept my most sincere condolences. I ask the Great Spirit to ease your pain and suffering. To those who have worked so long and hard to locate those missing, I send my deepest admiration and highest esteem to you. I think you have had the most difficult time of all. And to the people of Oklahoma City, I give you my deepest respect and heart-felt hope that you--- and all of us affected by this horrible crime---will recover. Blessed be!!!
I send my deepest admiration to all affected by this horrific tragedy. Now that the rescue efforts have ended, I wish an everlasting light to shine on those who have lost so dearly. May I never forget the Oaklahoma bombing and all the hatred it represents. Forever will I try to understand other's differences and not be quick to judge them. May peace find all of the survivors, and eternal rest to those who have passed on.
-AnneMarie Spreckels - Long Island , NY
Our hearts and prayers are with the families and volunteers. May GOD bless and keep each one of you.
-Larry and Joanne Moore, Mesquite, Texas
A terrible thing has happened. However, dwelling in the past will not accomplish goals for the future. Remember the victims as you continue with your lives. Do whatever you can to make sure a tradgedy such as yours never happens again
My thoughts and those of my family are with you every day. I believe that this tragedy has caused us and others to stop and recognize the priceless value of those we care about. I hope you find some comfort in knowing that there are millions of people who would take away your pain if they could, but will settle for sending their love.
-Rachel Kennedy, Texas A&M Database Team
To everyone in Oklahoma City: My heart goes out to all of the victims and to their families. This atrocious crime is without equal. I pray for all of you, and to the rescuers in their brave efforts. I cry for all the children lost. Their innocence will not be forgotten.
-KATHY QUAST, WANAMINGO, MN
Your town's humanity is a tribute to us all.
-Joel Pfyffer ... Washington, DC
PEOPLE AT OKLAHOMA CITY I AM SO SORRY ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE EXPERINCED. BUT I KNOW THAT THE GUY IS GOING TO BE FOUND.
I fell sampathy for all that lost there loved ones. My prayers are with you all. May you all be able to put your lives back together after this horrible bombing. My Condolances are with you.
We're so sorry for your loss.
-Sarah Nagel Graham, Greg Graham
My deepest sympathies to all the families directly affected by the bombing. It is so hard to say goodbye to those we love. Please take heart and remember we are spiritual beings having a human experience here on this earth (and not the other way around). Take time to grieve and when you are through, go forth and practice deep loving of all beings. This is a path through all this. My thoughts are with you during this time.
-P. Harding, Ann Arbor, MI
To all touched by this senseless tragedy. We mourn with you. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
-The Dubis Family, Plano, Texas
"Never was so much owed by so many to so few." -Winston Churchill. He said it in World Was II, but it still applies to the rescue workers. My prayers go to all the survivors, and my gratitudes go to all the selfless workers.
After many years of trying,we have a child. To have this life taken away would leave us devestated for life...Be strong as we are all thinking of you.
-Mr. Mrs. Ross / Toronto, Ont.
I am so sorry about your loss and may god give you the strength to carry on. God Bless You.
hi! I heard all about the boming there. I'm sorry about all the people . your friend,
-MELISSA ANN FELGAR
I went through Oklahoma on a bus about 7 years ago and thought it was an interesting place. I can't remember if we stopped in Oklahoma City, though. I wish I could offer all of you folks your family and friends, safe, whole, and your lives back to normal. But I can give you something to remember. Do you remember those pictures of Mt. St. Helens, back in the eighties? There was mile upon mile of lava blasted countryside, full of grayness and ashes. But only about 2 or 3 years later, flowers and plant life and living things were part of Mt. St. Helens. I think like Mt. St. Helens, time and nature will give you a life you can get through. Good luck and best of wishes.
-Susan Wolter, Champaign, Illinois
From this tragedy I hope will come peace and make all people realise that there is never a need for people to bring about change through the use of violence...
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Oaklahoma Our hearts go out to you from the shores of the Big Island of Hawaii, a great natural paradise. We are startled and deeply saddened by the tragedy that has befallen you and wish you strength and courage in the most trying of times. We at the Hawaii Center for Integral Healing, believe that healing must take place in the body,mind and spirit to be complete and pray that over the course of the coming months and years that the painful lessons that we as a country are learning and will continue to learn about the horrors of violence through this tragic and unspeakable incident will add dignity to those precious lives that were lost.The call to action and reason beckons us--to communicate with one another, to act out of compassion rather than reaction and violence. If we can learn this lesson the suffering we share with you will not be in vain. Our hearts are with you. We send you our aloha and prayers for the souls of your cherished loved ones and for you, so that your lives by the power of your prayers and inspiration will able to touch theirs. Let us be united May the earth continue to live Let us speak in harmony May the heavens above continue to live Common be our prayer, May the rains continue to dampen the land Common be the end of our assembly May the wet forests continue to grow Common be our deliberations Then the flowers shall bloom Alike be our feelings And we people shall live again Unified be our hearts Common be our intentions Perfect be our unity Rig Veda Hawaiian Prayer With our love,
-Dr. Ray Rosenthal and Dr. J.T. Power for the Hawaii Center for Integral Healing
Just a word of praise to the many workers that have participated in rescue and recovery. Although we are many miles away we feel very close to all of you. To those who have suffered great losses-may the God of love wrap you in his safe arms and fill your hearts with comfort.
-Rory A. Hines
To the family and friends of the victims, Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. To the rescue workers A job well done!!!
-Rob Wunderlick and Patty O'Neill
Your strength and commitment to each other is an inspiration to the world. Love and light will help you transform terror into a better world. You have much support from people everywhere.
The prayers of all christians,churches,and many others are bieng sent up to Heaven for all that are involved
Our thoughts and prayers are with you from St. Joseph, IL.
-Sue Lynn, Bill, Justin & Perry White
our deepest sympathies to Oklahoma City. We can't say we know how you feel or that we can even imagine - but we DO share your pain and sorrow.
Profondes sympathies et voeux de courage aux familles éprouvées.
My sympathy to all those who lost family and friends. May the future bring brighter days.
God bless all of the family, friends and volunteers touched so deply by this horror. May I share with you a comment that my dear friend made to me? I was caught up in the "world's going to hell in a handbasket" attitude, until she pointed out to me that the evil to blame this on consisits of maybe half a dozen people....there are many thousands of people giving all that they can to help now. The world is Full of wonderful people....many have died senselessly, and many others are stepping forward. Focus on the beauty and love in the world. Live each day to the fullest.
Our prayers go with you from Hawaii, where a memorial service was held in Mililani yesterday for one young marine Captain.....
-Ke'ala and Bill Porter
Words cannot express how sorry I am for all the pain and sadness caused by this terrible tragedy. I wish to send big warm hugs to all of the survivors, rescue workers, and especially to those of you who have lost loved ones.
-Nancy J. Miller, Leeds, Massachusetts
GRIEVE, LET YOUR HEART HEAL IT SELF. GOD IS WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY LIFE IS HARD, HEAVAN IS SWEET.. IN THE END, WE WILL ALL BE UNITED. TIME HEALS ALL...GO ONE DAY AT A TIME, THE REST WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF. I WILL ALWAYS BE WATCHING OVER THOSE, ENSURING THEIR SAFETY, SO THAT A TRAGEDY LIKE THIS SHALL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, AND MAY THE LORD WATCH OVER YOUR FAMILY, CHILDREN AND FRIENDS UNTIL WE ALL ARE JOINED AGAIN.
Dear Oklahoma bombing survivers and family members and friends. I'm deeply sorry that you have to greive this way. It was a very wrong thing to do on the bombers behalf and I hope that the police are able to locate all of them and persecute them for what they have done to your city. I am a 17 year old Missourian who cares about what has happened to your state and the people who suffered so terribly by the sick minds of those bombers. If there is anything that I can do besides pray then can you please let me know. Your friend in Missouri,
-Kathryn Ann Kuschel (Katie)
I want all of you to know, that I send my love and friendship at this time as always. Everyone is constantly in my prayers. I never wanted to leave your wonderful office, but now I have to be honest to say that I appreciate the fact that I did. It does not make it any easier though. I look forward to seeing everyone down the road. My love to you all....
Some of the people here in Germany can´t believe the things, which happend in Oklahoma City. They can´t believe that one or more persons can make such an attack against unguilty people. Everyone have to pray for justice! I hope that the police will caught the real KILLERS.
-Mark from Paderborn in Germany
I was stationed at Tinker AFB from 1976-1980 and lived in
Midwest and Del cities. My wife Ivy worked in public relations for
MacDonalds and was on a number on Chambers of Commerce.
Our prayers are with all our friends and people of OK. I wrote and
copy copyrighted this poem in 1993 and would like to share my
feelings with you.
Life knows only today, Love is forever.
Listen, do you feel the roar of silence?
It has been so long since we last came together,
We procrastinated and now our reunions can never be complete.
Why does my body cry when my soul rejoices?
I know in my soul that this is a day of Peace and Promise.
But, somehow, I cannot help but feel the pain of my personal loss.
Just as I know the mechanics of gymnastics, I know of the Peace.
But my mind gives way to the flesh and fails to dry my tears,
just as my earthly body will not allow me to execute a flip.
I have been blessed with a Love that now seems lost.
Yet I feel an emptiness that I do not understand.
Now the pain is up in the top of my throat,
I try to swallow but the sorrow is so great.
How can I go on? But how can I not?
Now my inner soul takes control, and I'll make it to the end of the day.
Still, as my tomorrows become today, the emptiness will haunt me,
but there are groceries to be bought and mortgages to be paid.
There just won't be time for this eclipsing pain.
And I will remember the times we shared and the Love we have.
Even now, I am filled with our Love, and I find a little smile.
God, if it could only last... But I am left here in this world.
So now I turn, and walk away... good-bye for now, but,
know that your flame burns on in my Heart.
We have always known that our Love was not of flesh, but of our Hearts,
A Love so strong that nothing can possibly keep us apart.
Surely, time is only an invention of this earthly life.
Deep down I know that before we were born
there was only a bright flash of light,
To "our" Oklahoma family, from Phoenix.
I hope that you can, through the pain, feel the great love
and compassion coming through the messages from
people all over the country, as we strive to empathize
with you. I sense it strongly in the messages I (in
Phoenix) am seeing posted in E-Mail from fellow HUD
employees from across the country.
Below is an ancient transliterated Hebrew blessing from
Numbers 6:24-26, heard in synagogues each Sabbath, for you:
"Yeverechecha Adonai v'yishmarecha
("The L-rd bless you and keep you)
Adonai panav elechah v'chunecha
(The L-rd make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you)
Yisah Adonai panav elechah
(The L-rd lift up His countenance upon you)
V'yasem lecha Shalom."
(And grant to you peace")
My most heartfelt grief for the victims My deepest sympathy for their families My utmost thanks and admiration for the rescue workers and engineers My sincerest hopes for the investigators And my prayers for those responsible I realize that this will probably only be read by a few, if at all But I had to write something This is for the children
-John A. Breen, St. Louis, MO
Thank you so much to the rescue workers for doing your best. My deepest sympathies go out to each family in Oklahoma City. May God bless you all.
-Jerry Adams, University of Southwestern Louisiana Lafayette, LA
Our prayers are with you, and will continue to be with you. I ask God that he gives you the strength to recover from this terrible tragedy. May God be with you.
-Carla Nelson, Lake Zurich, Illinois
keep the faith!!! it's wonderful to see that this country can pull together in such a time of need!
-Lori Ann Lalak
Let's use the Internet to spead love and fight hate with as much passion and conviction as we can, no matter where we live.
-Brandi Jasmine, Canada
Dear Family or friend of the victoms in Oklahoma boming, If anything ever happend to someone I love I don't know what I'd Do. A good friend of mine is in the hospital. She is 78 and is not doing very well. I worry about her alot.It brings tears to my eyes to think of going to work one day and the next thing you know your traped. I give you all my sympthy,
-Melissa Campbell, Grade 4
Being a parent of a very wonderful three year old boy, I can sympathize with the grief stricken parents that have lost their most precious possessions in the bombing. I can sympathize with them, but I can't (nor would I ever) relate to what they must be feeling. I'm sure it must be terrible, so please be strong and may God be with you.
-Bruce, Sara, and Cody Valentine
These are sad times for so many. We do hope that your memories of what was, will go far in helping all of you to go on into the future.
-Ron Peck, Linda Fordyce
I am appalled at what happened. I just hope that whoever did it is caught. I wish those affected recover as best as possible.
-The Vargas/Karpenkopf family in Miami, FL
My thoughts and prayers are for all of the citizens of Oklahoma City in the aftermath of the senseless and barbaric acts committed by terrorists. No one can restore your loved ones but someday I would like to believe that the Lord God will reunite all of us in His kingdom. May the Lord God bless you and keep you.
-Norman D. Hall
Please accept our deepest simpathy for your loss. We hope the scars heal and your recovery is speedy. Justice will be served and the punishment will be severe. God speed Oklahoma City.
With Deepest Sympathy -- Your humanity and bravery in those days of horror, stand against the darkness. Peace.
As always the City of Yukon stands hand in hand with our sister city to the east. Our hearts and prayers go to all.
-Denny Myers, Councilman - City of Yukon
To Oklahoma and the Country,
The names and faces of the victims will remain emblazoned in the minds
of us all, to serve as a reminder of all those that have fallen in the
pursuit of our national dream. Honor these victims with a renewed
sense of nationalism, providing support and help for all our neighbors
throughout the world. But especially let the children, the senseless
loss of budding lives, be the glue that holds our country together,
one nation under God and indivisible.
The child is moving now, high above the town,
The silence is deafening, the scene not serene,
The people move in sadness, though none can stop this madness.
Resting in the clouds, looking down on all,
The child cries "Be Still".
-Stephen - Dallas, TX
The loss of a loved one or a friend is truly a great sorrow, but even more so when it is at the hands of another. I hope that it might bring you all some comfort now or in the future to know that I pray daily for the victims, families, friends, and rescue workers that have been so deeply affected directly or indirectly by this senseless tragedy. Your loss of family, friend, and innocence are not soon to be forgotten. But, please know that when the dust has settled and the rest of us have gone back to our daily lives and you still mourn your great losses, that I too will remember you in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you always.
-The Sachetti Family, Aurora, Colorado
As I read page after page of this sympathy card, my deepest wish is that the millions of tears that must surely be flowing, as mine are, could wash away the pain and suffering of all the victems of this senseless horror. My prayers are with you.
-Scott Oliver, Fox Lake IL
As I was listening to this song, I could not help but to think about the tragedy that occurred in our lives and I wanted to share it with you. "SOMETIMES DARK CLOUDS FILL MY SKYS AND PEOPLE ALWAYS DON'T KNOW WHY THAT'S WHEN I HEAR DOWN WITHIN MY HEART THAT JESUS MY LORD WON'T DEPART FOR HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY GUIDE HE'S ON YOUR SIDE HE WILL BE WITH YOU IN TROUBLE FOR YOUR PRAYERS HE WILL NOT DENY HE WILL HEAR YOUR FAINTEST CRY HE'S ON YOR SIDE." Praying that God will comfort you and your loved ones in this hour of need.
I would like to send this mesage expressing my family's depest regrets and simpathy due to the senless loss of life espically the children. It is going to require a lot of courage to mend the broken hearts of the victoms family's
-Ronald P McCarron
The Seattle Office of Human Resources sends our continued condolences, love and support to our Oklahoma City HUD Family members and others as you continue in your recovery efforts. We offer our assistance in any way we can and will always be available to offer you help, in whatever fashion it might be needed. We share deep sympathy and feelings for your loss of immediate family members, friends, fellow workers and compatriots. We welcome those members back who again wish to return to work and restore some degree of normality in their lives. God Bless All as you continue to look and move forward.
-The Seattle Human Resource Staff
Greetings. I am a Federal Employee in the Washington DC area. My husband and I are deeply saddened by this horrible crime, and we would like to help in any way that we can. It is a terrible thing when people who are working for the taxpayers are subjected to this kind of violence. I know that your lost loved ones will never return in this lifetime, but I hope that it is some comfort that the prayers and blessings of billions of people are with you.
Our sincerest condolences on your loss, you are always in our prayers.
-SJ Green, Toronto, Canada
May you accept our deepest sympathy through such senselessness. May God speed to the families, friends and emergency personnel involved in Oklahoma City.
-The McDonald Family, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May good be with you all. You have our love and support.
-Wade-Alfred A. Simmons and Staff, Editor-in-chief, Security & Prevention Magazine
We're praying for you daily. May God give you all a special blessing during this time of healing and recovery. Only the love of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, can heal all wounds.
-The Zechman- Kyle, Sara, Amy, Nancy, and Chuck
Our deepest sympathy to the people of Oklahoma City. Please know that you are not alone in your grief. This tragedy has touched us all. Please accept our condolences and our belief that LOVE will conquer all. Sincerely,
-The Gooch Family, Rochester, NY
To everyone in OKLAHOMA CITY. We at Fountains of Praise Ministers in Quarryvill Pa.want you to know that our hearts & prayers go out to everyone in Oklahoma City who lost loved ones in that terrible tragedy. Also to the rescue workers who gave of their selves without any though of harm or danger in order to help others May God be with every one there.
-Pastor John Henderson and Evangelist Steve Hudler, Fountains of Praise Ministers "Buck" Quarryville, Penna.
My family and I will join the rest of the world in remembering all of you in our prayers. Our Mass on May 7 will be in your honor.
Hello, we at Bunceton are very mornful of all the lives taken on the terrorist attack at the federal building. All of our thoughts and prayers are on you.
My family and I wish to extend our deepest regards to the families of the bombing victims in Oklahoma City. We realize that we don't really know how they feel, we can only imagine the pain we would feel if our daughter or husband or wife were suddenly torn from us by some pathetic, small-minded creatures seeking retribution for real or imagined offenses against them. Though I realize that seeking retribution against the criminals only causes us to sink to their level, we truly believe the world needs to purge itself of disease-ridden minds like these and so they should be publicly executed and left to rot in the sun.
I give my best wishes to the parents who have lost their children or who's are injured. My heart would be broken if it were my children, If I had children. I am praying for you all and hope everthing will be alright, or at least better.I wish the bombing never happend. I hope the police find the criminals and put them in jail for ever.
-Olena Lundquist, Juneau, Alaska
Dear Everybody, Man! All I can say is sorry. I wish I could say I know how you feel, but I don't. I live in Juneau, Alaska and we got a bomb threat so I kind of know how you feel in that area. Losing your children must of been the worst thing in the world! I'm onld 10 years old and my life (I hope) isn't even a tenth of the way over yet. I'm so sorry! Love,
-Emily Claire Ambrose, Fourth Grader
As a former Oklahoman (Tulsa), I was saddened at the vicious bombing in Oklahoma City and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Also as an Oklahoman I am proud of the spirit you have shown the world. Hang in there....
-Marjorie Clark Ashby
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury,pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Our hearts go out to you.
-Frances and Trent Jorgensen, Moscow, ID
Our deepest sympathies to the families who lost their loved ones in this recent atrocity. I am getting numb from hearing about these types of tragedies year after year, but this one made me especially angry because it hurt innocent beautiful children. I have a 20 month old child of my own and I cannot believe how anyone can ruthlessly destroy these angels without any regards to anyone but themselves. Enough is enough with violence in this world.
I am a child of a survivor of the Holocaust. I offer this insight to the victims of the Oklahoma bombing. > Today I attended yet another Yom Hashoah service. The purpose of this service is to remember and mourn the Jewish Men, Women and Children who lost their lives to the evil known a nazism during World War II. It is 50 years since the war end, yet our cries of Never Forget, Never Forgive are spoken louder then ever. During the service my mind turned to those in Oklahoma, my heart screamed: We KNOW your SUFFERING , and SHARE your GRIEF. As time goes on I hope you find like we did that live goes on, you will rebuild your live, families and find your faith in G-d again. Your loved ones will never be forgotten, as they are martyrs to a cause the did no know they were fighting for! May your anger be directed toward Constructive action, May you find peace quickly, May all those evil and cowardly people responsible be found and brought to justice.
My thoughts and prayers. I haven't prayed in a long time, but for you and yours I will, for all of us that such a thing could happen. For strentghto you, and understanding to myself. The world seems a different place knowing such a thing can happen.
I wrote this poem after seeing an interview with the mother of the little
girl who the policeman handed to the fireman (a famous picture about the
tragedy). I have 3 children myself, and was born in Oklahoma City, and I
have family there. It hurt me to see that city tied to so much tragedy. It
hurt me worse to see the reality of the families this tragedy touched.
So, I wrote this poem to say how I felt, and how I imagined the feelings of
the fireman, the family of this little girl, and other parents may have felt.
It's called The Rescue.
THE RESCUE By Rick McTague, April 1995
He walked along the street
With a baby in his arms.
His lips were pressed together
And his steps were uneven.
I watched as he laid the tiny baby down
Down onto the cold ungiving ground.
A few minutes before, this child's life
Had been open, learning and trusting.
In one moment this child's life
Is in the eternal arms of Jesus, forever home.
Time of searching, spent not knowing
When we saw her tiny legs we knew it all too well
You are gone, but we are here
Left with the questions of why her, Lord, why my baby?
With your arms hanging limp
You walk away defeated,
But toward another hope
Of stubborn life not yet found.
In the rubble and distortion
There is no scale of reality
So we have to break it down
Into terms that mean something.
Time in my arms
Smile just for you
Peace while you sleep,
Joy when you wake.
When I walk away from it all,
The thing I will remember
Is that the hope we had for you is changed
Into faith you are smiling now in heaven.
Running in the river of life
To the open arms of Jesus
All joy is everywhere, singing is the air
And I know that sometime soon, I will be there.
We're thinking of you, wishing you well. You are a fine example of American courage. Our prayers are with you. Friends from Sonoma, CA. Later but soon.
Oklahoma, Your experience is tragic. Your pain is palpable. On behalf of my friends and family in Montreal and Toronto, I want you to know that you are in our prayers.
Our deepest sympathy to all the families in Oklahoma City. Our support for our brother and sister Firefighters, Medics and Resue personnel.
-From Delta Firefighters Association Local 1763 IAFF, Vancouver,BC, Canada
Words could never express the sadness in our hearts. Your loss is the nation's loss. We think of your loved ones every day and pray that you find the strength to carry on. God speed to all who were touched by this tragedy.
-Tina, Ted, Nicholas and Michael Tzaperas
DEAR OKLAHOMA CITY SURVIVORS, I KNOW YOU ARE VERY HURT AND ANGRY WITH WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOUR TOWN AND I KNOW YOU SHOULD BE. THIS DESTRUCTION HAS GIVIN EVERYONE EVERYWHERE SOME- THING TO THINK ABOUT. I KNOW EVERYDAY WHEN I GO TO SCHOOL I WONDER IF A BOMB WILL GO OFF DURING LUNCH OR IF ONE IS GOING OFF WHERE MY MOTHER WORKS. A TRADEGY LIKE THIS BRINGS A NATION TOGETHER . YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH US THROUGHOUT YOUR CRISIS! PEACE AND LOVE:
-EMILY KUSCHEL, AGE 15
Please except my deepest sympathies and sorrow over this horrible tragedy.
-Linda Condy, Dayton, Ohio
To our great neighbors in Oklaholma: We never come together until such a time like this Sometimes we may ask how God can allow something like this to occur. While it does seem hard to understand, I just encourage you to stay close to God and allow Him to bring you through this tragedy. We love you and are praying for you.
Like everyone else who has viewed the events in Oklahoma City from afar, we have grieved for the families who lost loved ones and for those who were damaged in soul and spirit. Our hearts are with you.
-Paul Avery, Linda Avery, Lisa Avery
You and your city are in our thoughts every day. With deepest sympathy.
It is with the greatest regret that I must write this message, for under no circumstances should such a tragic event occur. May I express my deepest and most passionate sympathies to all those in Oklahoma City. You have dealt with this shocking situation admirably. All my best to you.
-Brian Lin, University of Southern California, raised in Bartlesville, OK
On behalf of our family we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the people of Olklahoma City, and our immense admiration of the courage and spirit of caring that you have all shown. Let's pray that such an atrocious act never occurs again.
-Susan, Penni, and Zachary
From all of us here in Brooklyn, NY and at American Stock Transfer and Trust, where I am employed, and myself as well... Let us extend our sympathy with the prayer that the loss suffered by you may serve to strengthen you.
Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with you. Love,
-Wendy, David, and Sloane
HI. I am very sorry for what happend. I think that was very bad.
-Ashley Lynn Poulsen
I have heard aabout the boming in Oklahoma aand send my sympathy to the many injured and dead.
-Angela Lynn Schler My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and all of Oklahoma during this senseless tragedy.-Melanie Burleson, Decatur, AL
With deepest sympathy to the victims, their families and their friends-Wolfgang Biel
You are in our thoughts and prayers.-David, Barbara and Sara Glasbrenner
To all of the people affected by the Oklahoma City Bombing - You are in the thoughts and prayers of many people including myself. Your sorrow is shared by everyone at Newton High .God Bless.-Jason Klein, Newton, Kansas
To everyone touched by this tradegy...there is little to say when we lose someone close to us. When my mother passed away unexpectedly last year, this poem on one of the sympathy cards was comforting to me:
A rose once grew where all could see, sheltered beside a garden wall,
And,as the days passed swiftly by,it spread its branches,straight and tall...
One day, a beam of light shone through a crevice that had opened wide --
The rose bent gently toward its warmth then passed beyond to the other side...
Now, you who deeply feel its loss, be comforted - the rose blooms there --
Its beauty even greater now, nurtured by God's own loving care.
Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and will be.-Sue and Rich Sherburne, Milton, NY
Our thoughts are with you.-anne s
Nothing can be said that can adequately express my sympathy to family, friends, and survivors.-MacAlpha
To all the families in Oklahoma City, We send our deepest sympathy, Love and prayers to you. Weather you lost a loved one or a friend, or no one at all, we know this has hurt millions of people. May God be with you through the up coming months and years that your hearts will heal.-Doug, Donya, Kris, Thomas, Stephen and Heidi Lea.
The people of Downers Grove, Illinois are praying for our friends, the good people of Oklahoma City.-Brady Carlson
My thoughts are with you during these dark days. Words seem so inadequate at a time like this. Yet, I know in my heart that the souls of those who perished in the Federal Building are looking down upon us mortals, giving us strength to survive in this world. God bless you.-Nancy Schmitt-MacDonald, Denver
My deepest sympathy, to all the families, who lost some of their relatives. The world aoutside America ist deeply shocked, and cares about whath´s going on. Sincerely,-Holger (Germany)
Take comfort in the knoledge that tragedies such as these bring out the best portions of the human spirit. Your examples of unselfish kindness are inspirations to the rest of the nation and the world. The good deeds that you perform in spite of the pain you are feeling will be returned to you ten fold from the the reactions of your countrymen who are encouraged by your examples. God bless you all.-Gerry Lynn in CT.
I am very proud of the way my home state has responded to the challenge of this unimaginable evil.-Gary Jones, Lake Charles, LA
Hiya, We are very sorry to have heard what has been happening to the people of OKC. If any of you out there ever need anything feel free to contact us.-Eric T. Benoit and Misty L. Miller
Dear Rescue workers of Oklahoma, I have all sympathy to you and to your family. I'd hate to go inside a blown up daycare center and no babies alive. Also for those families who lost their babies. I will keep you in my prayers till this tradgedy ends. With all sympathy,-Josh Midgett 4th grade
To the people of Oklahoma City, I am very sorry that someone would do such a thing to an innocent city like Oklahoma City. It would hurt me, if something like this happened in Juneau. I hate the idea that innocent people were killed in this disaster. Sincerely,-Nils Gellhouse, (Fourth grade student in Alaska)
Dear Oklahoma City Citizens, I'm giving you my sympathy because of the loss of family members, and rescuers having to look through the rubble for lives, at the explosion sight in your city. I wish that the explosion never had happend. Sincerely,-Jason Morrow Grade 4
I was absolutely sick when I heard about the terrible tragedy that occurred in Oklahoma City. I'm sure I speak for all the people of Nova Scotia, Canada, when I extend my deepest sympathies to all those affected by this senseless act of violence. You are in our prayers.-Carrie Warner
I would like to send my regards to all of the families who have been affected my this tragedy. Innocent people were killed for just being at the wrong place at the wrong time. It doesn't matter who you are or where you live, nobody deserves to be treated in this cruel and disrespectful manner. I hope that the other bomber(s) will turn themselves in IF they have a soul or a conscience. They can be forgiven if they repent, however they will never be forgotten. Our country has lost too much innocence in this tragedy, perhaps too early or perhaps too late. Only time will tell.-MRS CHERRY L MOCK
We grieve and we pray for all those affected by the madness in Oklahoma City. Millions the world over are with you in your sorrow.-Eleanor and Norman Taylor, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Please add the condolences of the Dufresne family of London, Ontario, Canada. We pray to a merciful God for His countenance to understand the meaning for such a tragedy to touch so many innocent people. We pray also for the perpetrators, not only that they will be uncovered and brought to justice, but that they will be touched by the hand of God, experience a profound change of heart, and experience full remorse for their actions. We pray all of this in Christ's name. Amen.-Terri Dufresne
Words cannot express the grief we share with you. Only through faith that humanity is evolving toward a higher consciousness, an intelligence that realizes the futility of vengeance, and a compassion toward all other members of this, or any other living being, can we bear the burden inflicted by these misguided creatures.-Bill Alford
I know that the tragedy in Oklahoma City has been felt by everyone here in Nebraska. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.-David Whitt, Nebraska Wesleyan University
We here in North Carolina have cried with you and continue to remember you all in our prayers.-Huggins, Barbara
Stand Tall, because we will be standing with you. Forever! From your friends in Toronto, Canada.-Robert Lauer
The faculty, staff and students of Aims Community College in Colorado send words of sympathy and assurances of our prayers during this time of deep sorrow and loss.-Dr. George R. Conger, President of the College
First Grade Class at Cooks Corners School in Valparaiso, Indiana
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