August left our hills in a cloud of grief, while September entered weeping hot tears. The collective heart of Clay County is broken by the tragic events of the past few days. When two of our beloved state troopers have been taken out by a senseless act of violence, it is hard to understand why.
Clay County is a close-knit county, composed of small communities with a feeling of kinship. Trooper Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman were one of us. Eric's family roots are deep in this country soil, and Marshall endeared himself to us in the 17 years he was here. Words cannot express the grief and sorrow felt by all of us -- for the loss of two good men and the bereaved families left behind.
Such a waste! So much potential wiped out so quickly! It will take a long time for our hearts to heal, and our compassionate Savior is the only One who can heal our heartbreak. May the Lord be with the families, close friends and, indeed, all of us.
Don Norman of Elyria and Normantown sent a poem awhile back that that may ease the pain a little bit. Don knows what heartbreak is, as he lost his wife in a tragic accident. He used this in a funeral service for his sister-in-law Shirley, and I think it is appropriate now.
TO MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS
By Colleen Hitchcock
And if I go, while you're still here
Know that I live on
Moving to a different measure
Behind a veil that you cannot see through.
You will not see me,
So you must have faith
I wait for the time when we can
Soar together again-both aware
Of each other.
Until then, live your life to the fullest
And when you need me,
Just whisper my name in your heart
. . . I will be there.
To both families: Please know that Clay County's prayers are under you, holding you up. Don Norman added this personal note, "Memories are a gift of God that allows us to visit our departed loved ones so long as we live."