The days leading up to 9/11 are tough for me. Every year I think/hope it’ll get easier but it doesn’t seem to. This year has been even tougher. Not just because it’s the 10th anniversary of the event that rocked my life and all of the world, but this year, on 9/8, my sweet niece’s husband took his own life. It’s been a weekend full of pain and incomprehensible sadness for him, for her, for the long life they should’ve shared together. As I let myself read back over my reflections on 9/11 (something I do only once a year), it’s amazing how many of the emotions i am feeling right now are exactly the same. Someday I will look back and once again remember feeling sadder than I have ever felt before.
Jared Jones was truly one of the last remaining “nice guys” in this world. He was the kind of guy everyone loved being around and his musical talents (combined with those of his wife–my niece) made our family camp out talent show something we’d look forward to every year. We will miss him terribly.
If you have a little to give, you can download their album, Tico by their band Black Bear or their song “Little Stream” (my favorite)–both on iTunes. If you have more to give, donations can also be made to his memorial fund HERE.
Prayer is free, so please keep it coming.