Condolences, April 18, 2007

SAND & STONE
TWO FRIENDS WERE WALKING
THROUGH THE DESERT
DURING SOME POINT OF THE
JOURNEY, THEY HAD AN
ARGUMENT AND ONE FRIEND
SLAPPED THE OTHER ONE
IN THE FACE
THE ONE WHO GOT SLAPPED
WAS HURT,BUT WITHOUT
SAYING ANYTHING
WROTE IN THE SAND:
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.
THEY KEPT ON WALKING,
UNTIL THEY FOUND AN OASIS,
WHERE THEY DECIDED
TO TAKE A BATH
THE ONE WHO HAD BEEN
SLAPPED GOT STUCK IN THE
MIRE AND STARTED DROWNING,
BUT THE FRIEND SAVED HIM.
AFTER HE RECOVERED FROM
THE NEAR DROWNING,
HE WROTE ON A STONE:
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SAVED MY LIFE.
THE FRIEND WHO HAD SLAPPED
AND SAVED HIS BEST FRIEND
ASKED HIM,"AFTER I HURT YOU,
YOU WROTE IN THE SAND AND NOW,
YOU WRITE ON A STONE, WHY?”
THE FRIEND REPLIED
“WHEN SOMEONE HURTS US
WE SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN
IN SAND, WHERE WINDS OF
FORGIVENESS CAN ERASE IT AWAY.
BUT, WHEN SOMEONE DOES
SOMETHING GOOD FOR US,
WE MUST ENGRAVE IT IN STONE
WHERE NO WIND
CAN EVER ERASE IT.”
LEARN TO WRITE
YOUR HURTS IN
THE SAND AND TO
CARVE YOUR
BENEFITS IN STONE.
May the sands of time heal the wounds and stone be a lasting memory of those taken all to soon on eagle’s wings to a greater place to be with God
Sandra & Cassie

April 18, 2007, 9:26pm • Reading, PA • #23203

How can this happen on our campus ?
un-explainable

What brings this sadness to Blacksburg ?
un-thinkable

How can we get through this horrorible time ?

We are one… Hokie-nation.
Hokies for life.

My prayers go out to the family, friends, loved-ones, and the entire Hokie community dealing with this tragedy.

-Steve (’94)

April 18, 2007, 9:26pm • Garner, NC • #23204

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and students effected by this terrible deed. God Bless you All.

April 18, 2007, 9:26pm • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA • #23205

My prayers and condolences go out to all the VT family and the family and friends of the victims.  I have watched continuous coverage of the event and my heart has broken.  Everyone here in Missouri and the nation are thinking of you and sending their love at this time.

April 18, 2007, 9:26pm • Springfield, MO • #23206

When we send our children off to college - although it is so difficult - we wish them so very very much - a wonderful education, maturity, new friends, independence and so many personal wishes for them, too numerous to mention, but every parent knows what they are! My prayers go out to the families who have lost their loved ones - my prayers go out to those who have been injured and their families, my prayers go out to the friends who have lost friends,and my prayers go out to the all the Virginia Tech students and staff! Angela/Frank B.

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Sykesville, Maryland • #23207

As a Blaskburg native and a die-hard Hokie I am so uncontrollably sorry for all of the victims families and friends it is literly unfathomable to think that a tragity of this magintuide could be carried out in a place that is so peaceful and heavenly.  I know that it is very easy right now to turn your back on Virginia Tech and call the whole thing negligence on there part but I beg you to stay strong and remember why your children chose to be at Tech and remember that you can literly go to anyone to find support it is truly a hokienation.

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • marietta oh • #23208

God bless all of the families that have been affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech. As a parent of high school seniors, I can’t even image the magnitude of grief that you must feel. Please stay strong and know that there are people out there they share in your loss.  God Bless.

Theresa See

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Chester VA • #23209

My name is Devin and I am a Junior in high school in Texas. We are all so sorry for your loss. We wish that there was something, some way that we could help your community. I just hope that you remember all of those that lost their lives as the wonderful young people that they were… that they ARE as long as they are in your hearts and memories. I hope that you can find a way to heal and move on, though it will take time. Please, remember all of the love that those that are no longer here brought to this world. Our hearts, prayers,and thoughts are with you.

Blessings,
Devin J.

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Midland, Texas • #23210

Everyones thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sadness and sorrow. May God be with you all.
-Melissa

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Canada • #23211

America weeps with you.

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Daphne, AL • #23212

My thoughts and prays go out to the families and friends of those who lost a loved on. May god bless you and look forward to tmrw. Virginia Tech will be in my prays.

God Bless
Andrea Saum

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Vanlue, Ohio Usa • #23213

I just wanted to share my condolences to all those at VA.Tech and to those family who lost a loved one. My heart and prayers are with you all may god bless all and may he also be with you. Love all as my bro. & sisters… Freddie I

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Indio, California • #23214

To the parents, friends, relatives, classmates and colleagues of those who left us so tragically I offer my deepest condolensces.  As I looked at all the pictures of those people who had their lives taken from them by a monster, I felt more grief because of the goodness I saw in all their faces.  God be with you in this most difficult time in your lives.

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Lakeville, Pennsylvania • #23215

My deepest sympathy to all Faculty, Students, Parents & Family members of those lost through this senseless tragedy. To the students, you are the best & the brightest & your actions exemplify what our future leaders will portray in the future. May the Lord bless each of you & may you find comfort in remembering those lost. J. Frances BCSON 78’

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Davenport, Fla& Boston, Mass. • #23216

Students and faculty of VT:
Your loss was great, your grief deep, but remember that you are being conforted by millions of human beings across the world, and carried on the wings of prayer.

Your loved ones are in a safe place.  You all will smile again one day, even though it seems impossible right now.

Our deepest sympathy.

Jones family

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Michigan, previously from South AFrica • #23217

It is beyond comprehension how an act so senseless and tragic could occur in a place that so many of us hold so dear. The lives of 32 bright and talented Hokies may have been ripped from us, but they will never be forgotten.

Nate - VT ’00

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Washington, DC • #23218

As parents of a VT junior, we are deeply saddened at the senseless loss of so many wonderful lives.  Our prayers are with the families of all the victims and with the entire VT community.  God Bless!  The Hoover Family

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Gibonia, Pennsylvania • #23219

To all the Virginia Tech. staff and students:

I may live in Iowa but my heart bleeds burgendy and orange. The loss of life you have gone thru is very sad. You must think that GOD has giving up on you but, he has not his is right beside you guiding you thru this and will be there for you everytime you think about it in the future. Please know that a nation greives with you and is here to help in anyway. The victims will never be FORGOTTEN!!!
MAY GOD BE WITH
Terry Van Dyke FOREVER A HOKIE

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Buckingham, Iowa USA • #23220

I would like to extend my deepest condolences to all the victims families and the entire Virginia Tech community.  My heart aches for each and every one of you during this terrible time. May you continue to find the strength to move forward and heal from this tragedy.  God Bless!

Felicia Cappo

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Freehold, NJ • #23221

All of the students,staff and families are in our thoughts and prayers in the time of tragedy and sorrow.
Sharon, Stacey, Richelle & Ryan

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Bellmawr, New Jersey • #23222

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in Blacksburg and with all of your families and friends. It’s hard to beleive that something so awful could happen in the place I, and I know many other alums, remember as the best 4.5 years of my life. I know that it will take time but we will all become stronger and will grow from this terrible experience. Afterall, we are the Hokies and our strength is what we’re famous for. Go Hokies!

Karla D.

April 18, 2007, 9:27pm • Charlottesville, VA • #23223

I didn’t know their faces, nor did I know their names but I knew their sprits so well-
Just as I know the kin and kindred of humanity,
I know they all today rest in the presence of God
They each have found assurance in the folded arms of Heaven-

Today we shed tears not for them, but for those left behind to suffer through the pain of healing- For those that need answers that will never come- and for those that have lost loved ones and friends- Today we will bow our heads and pray for mending- but tomorrow; tomorrow we will begin a new journey

*My thoughts and Prays are with the victims and their families...Gob Bless*

-Laura

April 18, 2007, 9:28pm • Greenwich CT • #23224

I cannot express in words what this all means...its almost like it just happened 5 minutes ago. I am ot one of the students. I am simply someone who saw this tragedy and could only think about the lives that were taken away so mercilessly, and how it affected everyone. I hope one day, the images, the thoughts, and the simple tears will turn into a life lesson, one that the survivors will carry on for the rest of their lives. I am deeply sorrowful, and i wish for only the best of the people who have lost a loved one

“We Will Prevail,
We Will Prevail…
We are Virginia Tech”

April 18, 2007, 9:28pm • texas • #23225

My son will be an incoming freshman in the Fall of 2007.  As his father, I am so proud that he will be a part of such an awesome community, one that is coming together in times of great tragedy and stress.  I place total confidence in Dr. Steger and the entire Va Tech community that he will be safe in his next four years at Tech.  The loss is great, the grief is huge, but the power of the Hokie Nation will live on.  This will not defeat you.  While I am a Roanoke College Maroon, I am also now a Hokie.  Peace and love to you all and my prayers go out to the families of those who perished.  Tom Prest

April 18, 2007, 9:28pm • Lynchburg, Virginia • #23226

our deepest symphaty and condolences to the family, relatives and friends of those who perished. you will always be in our thoughts and prayers!

“ ADVERSITIES MAY BE A STEPPING STONE OR A STUMBLING BLOCK ACCORDING TO THE WAY YOU ACCEPT IT”

HOKIES, rise up!

ronald & mylah quillopas
macneal memorial hospital
berwyn, illinois

April 18, 2007, 9:28pm • berwyn, illinois, usa • #23227

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims of this senseless madman.  God bless you and keep you near in this difficult time.
Jana B

April 18, 2007, 9:28pm • Elkton, Virginia • #23228

There are no words when it comes to dealing with the loss of a child, whether they are young or old. The students, staff, families and friends who have been touched by this tragedy are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dusty and Mary Rhodes

April 18, 2007, 9:28pm • Frankfort, KY • #23229

My thoughts and prayers reach out to each and everyone of you. Regardless of distance, I feel the pain and sorrow for the losses of the students and faculty. God Bless.

Jackie
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ‘06

April 18, 2007, 9:28pm • Daytona Beach, Florida • #23230

God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 9:28pm • Carson City, Nevada • #23231

Well, there´s no condolences to the family that lost a son, brother, etc; but I think They would be strong to pass this sad moment, only remember that your sons are in the heaven with god and they are not suffering. Sincerly I´m very sorry…

April 18, 2007, 9:28pm • Mexico • #23232

So many beautiful lives taken, so many dreams, so much sadness, such a horrible tragedy. The whole world seems to have stopped as we try to understand what went wrong and try to figure out how to make sure this never happens again. My 6th grade students and I are deeply saddened and concerned for all of you. Thoughts are energy, and our thoughts are filled with love and prayers for all whose lives have been effected by this tragic event. We hope you can feel our love and support. You are not alone.

April 18, 2007, 9:28pm • Saranac, NY • #23233

To the Virginia Tech Family,
This poem truly depicts a message of hope.

IT’S IN THE VALLEYS I GROW

Sometimes life seems hard to bear
Full of sorrow, trouble and woe.
It’s then I have to remember
That’s it’s in the valleys I grow.

If I always stayed on the mountaintop
And never experienced pain,
I would never appreciate God’s love
And would be living in vain.

I have so much to learn
And my growth is very slow,
Sometimes I need the mountaintops,
But it’s in the valleys I grow,

I do not always understand
Why things happen as they do,
But I am sure of one thing.
My Lord will see me through.

My little valleys are nothing
When I picture Christ on the cross,
He went through the valley of death;
His victory was Satan’s loss.

Forgive me Lord, for complaining
When I’m feeling so very low.
Just give me a gentle reminder
That’s in the valleys I grow.

Continue to strengthen me, Lord
And use my life each day
To share your love with others
And help them find their way.

Thank you for the valleys, Lord
For this one thing I know
The mountaintops are glorious
But it’s in the valleys I grow.

April 18, 2007, 9:28pm • Richmond, Virginia 23223 • #23234

words cant provide enough comfort, all we can do is provide our love and strenght to one another. from Temple University in the City of Brotherly Love I send my love and strength to all of you. Stay Strong, for the whole country is standing with you
All my love....
s.g.
Temple University

April 18, 2007, 9:28pm • Philadelphia, PA • #23235

I saw what happened and my heart just sank and I felt so bad for all of the victims and their families. My best wishes go out to all of the families.

April 18, 2007, 9:28pm • Genoa, Nevada • #23236

There do not seem to be words to describe the sorrow I feel for all that have been touched by this horrific incident.  Please know that students, family, and staff are never far from my thoughts and prayers as we all search to find understanding in this most difficult of times.  The pride and courage you have all displayed has been an inspiration to us all.

I often find comfort in the Serenity Prayer and hope it may help you as well:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

GOD BLESS YOU!

April 18, 2007, 9:28pm • Joplin, MO • #23237

TO All VT Students:

After hearing of all the school tragedies that have happened over the years, I fear of this happening in my school every day.  You can never tell when these people will strike, and for those who didn’t make it, they were meant to go.  Everyone has a purpose here.  Maybe their death has triggered something inside each and every one of you, so that you may go on to teach the world that violence is not the answer, and therefor end these horrible acts before they start.  All of our prayers are with you and your families.  Never forget those who did not survive, and never forget this day.  For it will make you a stronger person.  Keep Working and achieve your goals, and make our world a better, safer place.  My thoughts are with you on these first difficult days, but you will make it throught this! You are Hoakies! (Did I spell that right? :) )
Torey Byrne

April 18, 2007, 9:29pm • Broken Arrow, Oklahoma • #23238

I am deeply saddened by this horrible tragedy. There were not any after-school activities that day because of the events and the flags at my school are currently at half mast in rememberance. Everyone around the world is thinking of Virginia Tech right now. I send my most heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims in this terrible event.

April 18, 2007, 9:29pm • Charlotte, North Carolina • #23239

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at VTech. We are all behind you, and we’re all Hokies. We are planning to wear your school colors on Friday to show our standing by you. May God Be With You All.

April 18, 2007, 9:29pm • New York • #23240

Stay strong.

--a fellow Virginian

April 18, 2007, 9:29pm • Yonkers, NY • #23241

Dear Students and Teachers at Virginia Tech:

I am heartsick at the senseless tragedy that happened at your school. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

Julie

April 18, 2007, 9:29pm • Chicago, IL • #23242

There are no words to express how sad I am for all of you.  My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

Kathleen

April 18, 2007, 9:29pm • Lebanon, NJ USA • #23243

Our complete condulences and sympathy are with the families, friends, and loved ones that are affected by this horrific tragedy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sanford Hospital

April 18, 2007, 9:29pm • Sioux Falls South Dakota • #23244

All I can say is my prayers are with you guys I am deeply saddened by hearing about this tragic event but I know one thing you guys will all be in my prayers! and my thoughts… words cannot even describe how horrible of an event this was Please everyone stay strong! :[

Seth

April 18, 2007, 9:29pm • Tamarac Florida • #23245

i want to send my deepest sympathy to the victims and their families in this tragedy. To the victims who did not survive, you will all be remembered and your legacy will be carried on through each and every one of us!!!!!

April 18, 2007, 9:29pm • Akron, Ohio • #23246

You are all in our thoughts and prayers… God Bless all of you… Terry and Rosi Dillard

April 18, 2007, 9:29pm • Gainesville, Georgia • #23247

My thoughts and prayers are for the students,families,faculty members,and administrators of Virginia Tech. As a graduate of Tech, my heart aches for those who are there today. I hope the knowledge that so many are thinking of you will offer some peace and strength in the days to come.
Patsy L. Engleman

April 18, 2007, 9:29pm • Marietta, Georgia/Cobb County • #23248

I want to send my condolences to all the families, faculty and students. I was at VT just one year but have a liftime of good memories. CMG

April 18, 2007, 9:29pm • Richmond VA • #23249

MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE ENTIRE VIRIGINIA TECH FAMILY, AND ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE INJURED AND DECEASED.I AM DEEPLY SADDENED THAT HE SLIPPED THROUGH THE CRACKS SO TO SPEAK,THIS TRAGEDY SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED, I SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION BUT I HAVE A HIGHER REGARD TO HUMAN LIFE THAN THAT,
YOU ARE ALL IN MY PRAYERS,MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU.
SM

April 18, 2007, 9:29pm • SAINT LOUIS MO • #23250

my heart goes out to all the families who have lost a loved one or a beloved teacher or friend may this bring us closer to one another and teach us that violance is not the answer!i am really and sincerelly sorry!

*ashley*

April 18, 2007, 9:29pm • youngstown ,ohio ,usa • #23251

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH FAMILIES, FRIENDS, AND ALL OF VIRGINIA TECH STUDENTS AND STAFF.
MAY THE SUPPORT AND LOVE YOU ALL HAVE SEE YOU THROUGH THIS TRYING TIME.

HUGS,
CATHEDRAL CITY FAMILY

April 18, 2007, 9:29pm • CATHEDRAL CITY CALIFORNIA • #23252