Driving to work on Highway 17 North on Thursday, my heart was heavy, trying to comprehend what the nine families who lost loved ones the night before at Emanuel AME Church might be feeling. And to my right, at the site of the former Sofa Super Store, were nine firemen in full dress uniform, standing at attention to remember the men who lost their lives eight years ago on June 18.

So here we have another Charleston 9 at a church. And people might be thinking, “Where is God in all of this?” As indicated in the church name, He is Emanuel, God with us. He is here. He is the one who promises to comfort those who mourn. He is the one who promises that “for those who love God, all things work together for good.”

Remember that He created a perfect world, but man messed it up, thus the beginning of evil, grief, disease and loss we have encountered ever since.

Let this be the time we are His hands and feet, to find the criminal, and to comfort the people.

Remember the families who mourn. Remember the promises we’ve been given. Remember what we know about God. We know these things in our minds. Now if our minds can only explain it to our broken hearts.

Susan Greene

Nautical Chart Drive

Charleston