Sunday, January 26, 2014

Fly, my love


This video was made for Michaela's birthday this past week. It contains wishes for Michaela from far parts of the earth. I particularly love this video for the love in it, and also for the music, which is "Fly" by Celine Dion.

I am sure that there are many possible interpretations of the lyrics, but when I heard it the first time, my thoughts were that I would have played this song for my mother on that last day, as I gave her permission to leave me, as I assured her I would be okay, that she would always be with me in my heart:

Fly, fly do not fear
Don't waste a breath, don't shed a tear
Your heart is pure, your soul is free
Be on your way, don't wait for me

I would have played this song for my Bella, as we had her put to sleep:

Past the planets and the stars
Leave this lonely world of ours
Escape the sorrow and the pain
And fly again
Fly, fly precious one
Your endless journey has begun
Take your gentle happiness
Far too beautiful for this
Cross over to the other shore
There is peace forevermore
But hold this memory bittersweet
Until we meet

There are so many feelings swirling inside me. The primary one, honestly, is just a longing for this to be true. I absolutely do not believe in the heaven and hell scenario. In my mind, my heart, and my spirit, I do believe that there is more to life than the bodies we wander through this world in. It makes the most sense, it fits with the evidence I have seen, and it fits in with the vast unknowable reality of the universe (take a minute and ponder the beginnings of the universe, the concepts of infinity and eternity, and clearly the notion of our spirits living beyond our bodies is nothing compared to those things). For myself, I don't fear death. I kind of view it as a great adventure, and honestly if I am wrong I figure I won't know and won't care. The only thing I fear about my own death is leaving others behind who will suffer.

I don't like suffering. It makes my heart ache. People I love suffering, people I don't know suffering. One of the things that bothers me most is animals suffering. I have a dear friend, the friend who actually came to my house to put my Bella to sleep when she was no longer able to breathe. She is perhaps the most sensitive person I have ever met, and yet this is part of her work, putting animals to sleep. When we first met, I asked her how she did it, and she said that every day she takes comfort in the fact that she is alleviating suffering, whether she is removing animals from abusive situations, helping them to find new homes, or bringing a final end to ultimate suffering. In her spare time, she works with people who are dying, in hospice.

My youngest daughter has always had a huge fear of death. From a very young age she suffered from an overwhelming anxiety that if I left her at school that I would die and not come back for her. This fear of hers is really difficult for me, because, well, one day I will die. Since Bella was put to sleep, we went to the animal shelter and adopted two little dogs, but the best thing is that she started working as a volunteer at the shelter. Our local shelter is a really, really good one. The animals live in a good environment, and they are really loved and well cared for by staff and volunteer staff. They do not euthanize animals without good reason. If they are unable to find homes for them, they send them to rescues, to fosters, or to no-kill shelters. So it is a good place for my daughter to be. When she takes the dogs back to their kennels after walking them and playing with them to keep them socialized, the dogs are sad. It is a soul strengthening position, to learn to be able to open your heart to the suffering. And sometimes there are animals who have to be put to sleep.

Putting an animal to sleep, particularly one you loved but any animal actually, well, we don't do that with people. We shoot them up with morphine or whatever it takes. But when an animal is suffering, we end the suffering. We want to end that suffering. For my Bella, she had cancer which had spread to her lungs and she had become unable to breathe. She could not rest because she could not lie down. During her last day, my daughter and I sat with her the whole time, supported her, stroked her to keep her calm. She was a chocolate lab, and even in her anxiety over not being able to breathe, she would still smile at us. If life is located anywhere in the body, though, it is the eyes. To look into the eyes of a dog you have loved for nine years and see that soul, that life, and think of extinguishing it is really painful. I need to look into her eyes and not just assure her that her fear and suffering will end, but that she will be able to fly. I told her, in fact, that as the dog in "The Art of Racing in the Rain" believed, in her next life she would be a human being.

Eyes. I just finished reading a book, "Come Back to Me" by Melissa Foster, in which a character talked about never again seeing "the cornflower blue" eyes of someone who had died. I thought of my mother's eyes, a beautiful gray-blue, and I wished that on that last day of her life I had asked her to open them, just to see if she could, just to see them one last time. She'd been in the hospital for three days, unconscious or asleep most of the time. She'd opened her eyes once the day before she died, seemed as though she wanted to say something but had difficulty talking. Or perhaps I had just interrupted her, as I'd jumped in and said, "look who came to see you," and pointed to my children. She had nodded and smiled briefly before going back to unconsciousness. One of my regrets in life, finding it necessary to speak myself instead of being quiet to see if there was something she needed to say. Wasting that moment with my own activity instead of spending it looking into those beautiful gray-blue eyes which I was never to see again.

Oh, God. Grief is such a living thing. My mind seeks to wrap itself around it, to define it, but that just cannot be done. It lies in wait between the sleep and the waking, where you can fall into its depths.

And then, of course, I thought of Michaela's eyes. Whether she is alive, or whether she is not, I have not looked into her eyes for more than 25 years. I may never see them again. I have to say that, yes, this song made me think of her death, and I just hope that the lovely woman who made this video and chose this song does not think that she made a mistake. I have said before, although I'm not sure people have really heard me, that I do understand that Michaela is probably not alive. I do understand this. If you were to ask me if I believe that Michaela is alive, I honestly have to say that no, I don't think she is alive. People don't get that because as long as I don't know she is not alive, I will continue to behave as though she is alive and I will keep reaching out to her, looking for her, trying to find her, because if she is alive I believe she needs me to keep doing that. The worst thought is the thought of her suffering for all these years.

The worst thought is the thought of her feeling abandoned. I know that in the early hours after she was kidnapped she expected to be rescued. She knew there was a witness, she knew the police would be called. She just had to wait for someone to rescue her. I was haunted then by the passing of time, by how it would feel to Michaela as she waited and waited and help didn't come. When was it that she gave up? That was what haunted me about the possibility of her death, not just the fact that dying would involve physical suffering, but the giving up, of her facing the knowledge that this was the end, that she was dying, that she would never come home.

But if she died, she was also escaping an awful and terrifying reality. One person I know and respect who gave a reading on what happened to Michaela said she had been drugged soon after being kidnapped and never really came out of that, so she did not suffer. And honestly, that is the most important thing to me, the most important thing to me is for my child not to suffer. I just can't bear the thought of that. Rather than her suffering, I would give up seeing her again to let her fly.

Past the planets and the stars
Leave this lonely world of ours
Escape the sorrow and the pain
And fly again
Fly, fly precious one
Your endless journey has begun
Take your gentle happiness
Far too beautiful for this
Cross over to the other shore
There is peace forevermore
But hold this memory bittersweet
Until we meet

But for her, she was so young, and her light was so brilliant, it would just be completely wrong for it to be extinguished. The only way it could be okay is if it was not an ending, but the beginning of a journey. And I believe this. But I don't know, and neither do you. Near death experiences are interesting, but even they are not incontrovertible evidence of anything. They could be a dream, a snapping of neurons. Visits to mediums, well some are pretty convincing, but again, they are not incontrovertible proof. All we can do is believe, and so that is what I will do, believe that the end of this life is but the beginning of a journey.

Well, I often get choked up or shed tears while I am writing this blog, but this one today actually had me sobbing. Pam, I know that was not your intention, but I hope you know that it is not a bad thing. It is the reality of life, that death will come, as it is the reality of love, that grief will follow one fine day, one way or the other. It is part of the beauty of a sunset that it will fade quickly.

Michaela, if you are out there and you read these words, please know that I will never stop trying to find you. If there is anybody else out there who knows that Michaela is not alive, and who can tell me the truth and end at least one part of this torture, please, please tell me. You can write to me at sharon.murch@gmail.com, or leave a comment on this blog anonymously.

Cherish life. Believe.

Thank you to Celine Dion for sharing this beautiful song with us. I went to itunes and purchased it so I could listen to it again and again.



62 comments:

  1. The video was beautiful! Your words are beautiful, open and honest. As your friend, I wish there was something I could do to make Michaela find her way home one way or the other. I would have thought that in 25 years there would be questions answered and closure made for yours and your family's sake. I continue to pray that Michaela is not suffering and she comes home to you soon.

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  2. Wow, what a beautiful song "Fly" by Celine Dion and thanks Sharon for sharing this with us. Your words were very moving and touching and the song brought tears to my eyes as I listened.

    You, Michaela, and your Family are always in my prayers and I'm praying and believing for a miracle for Michaela to be found.

    Thanks again for your inspiring words.
    Love from
    Thelma Mandera

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  3. I whole-heartily believe in heaven. I believe in an afterlife of perfect eternity where there is no more pain or suffering. I believe in a place that the sun constantly shines, as does the souls of those that shone brightly on this earth. If Michaela has flown to this next life, I believe that God rewarded her as an angel. I hope you find comfort in knowing Someone loves her more than anyone and I pray for her and you often. You are honestly the strongest woman I've ever come across. You're an inspiration, Sharon. May the support worldwide and from above continue to sustain you on your journey.

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  4. To writer's Nook
    I love these beautiful words above that you spoke to Sharon. I agree with you on everything you said and yes Sharon is an inspiration to many, many people ALL OVER the WORLD.
    Thelma

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  5. Messengers for “spirits” will often hold firm to a moral obligation to not defuse a missing familie’s sense of hope. When paid Investigators complete their job and resolve a missing case then most ethical messengers will step boldly forward. To address the terrible “torture” aspects families often express of not knowing the truth the messengers will often leave a long gentle trail of evidence of the departed loved one being near. Behind the scenes “messengers” will relentlessly contact every branch of Investigative team on the missing case with “tips” hoping to be heard- and- say or post specific encouragement* requested directly from their loved one.* Once the missing case is resolved the messenger with a clear conscience will point to the messages they have given along the way (even ones that were not posted by family over the years) Evidence could include such things as links to enlightening after life books, “messenger’ spiritual gathering places a family could visit, posting of poems-inspirational sayings & comforting/beautiful video songs on a missing family web-site, FB pg or blog.

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  6. Hi Sharon,

    Thank you for your words about grief. I lost my 27 year old sister to breast cancer a few months ago. She fought a hard battle but ultimately was in a lot of pain and suffered. It hurts to remember what I saw. I share your beliefs about an afterlife. I just keep reminding myself that this world is too amazing and filled with too much love for nothing to happen. So something must.

    “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.” -Leo Tolstoy

    Brie

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    1. Brie, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing that beautiful quote.

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  7. That was so beautiful. I have a daughter that is one day older than Michaela, so this touched me deeply., I will hold you and your family in my heart and in my prayers.

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  8. I cried after reading this blog and while listening and viewing this beautiful video.

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  9. Hi Sharon! I made a video for you- my first imovie ever! It's not the best quality or anything, but I wanted you to have one with your theme song! I hope you like it. I'll have to work on my editing skills this summer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItjBZdbHU4I&feature=youtu.be

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    1. Thank you Meredith. It's beautiful. I will post it in a blog once I get to a real computer!

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    2. Yay! Let me know if you want me to change anything or add different pictures or words. One of my new years resolutions is to learn how to use imovie, so I'm happy to tinker with it.

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    3. Well one of the pics is actually my other daughter Libby. It's the little girl squeezing her baby brother. She has part of her hair in a ponytail on top of her head.

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  10. Wow! They look alike. I will fix it and re-send it to you.

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    1. MERDEDITH> The fix-it video change you made still makes the tribute video you made very special & lovey! When I clicked on watch on Youtube I just noticed there are 311 views!! <3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpjwaljQStw

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    2. That is the video posted in this blog, which was made by Pam. It's odd that it has only 311 views, since there are over 2,500 views of this particular blog entry, and I'd assume since I was writing about the song that most people would have watched it???

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    3. I based my appreciative response on these blog entry comments >: “Meredith February 4, 2014 at 8:01 PM Hi Sharon! I made a video for you- my first imovie ever! It's not the best quality or anything, but I wanted you to have one with your theme song! I hope you like it. I'll have to work on my editing skills this summer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItjBZdbHU4I&feature=youtu.be”-AND “- Meredith February 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM Wow! They look alike. I will fix it and re-send it to you.”
      .As for the difference in numbers I just checked and noticed that the “views” hasn’t changed despite my having listened to the beautiful song several times since posting 311 views.—Youtube often falls short on keeping up with views.
      I find it utterly amazing and heartwarming that you reported 2,500 viewed that ONE blog entry! Michaela has been missing 25 years and people from around the world keep expressing interest & concern. I find that deeply touching.

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    4. “Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ~Jean Baptiste Massieu,..” http://www.quotegarden.com/gratitude.html

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  11. 2/10/2014-- WOW ! I just saw this blogs “TOTAL PAGE VIEWS”…
    a whooping 502172!!! Concern and luv matters!!

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    1. 2/14…Still warmed at heart at the virtual love shown for Michaela by you & visitors from around the world ! This cute song, I heard as a child, while at Disneyland keeps coming to mind ” It's A Small World After All” :-) . Wishing Everyone a special & blessed VALENTINE’S <3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9YqCP_B7EU

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  12. you have talked before about being fairly confident that Michaela is not one of the Jane Does out there - that if she had died & her body found, it would've been identified. is there a national system for this? i'm watching a tv episode about another missing girl who was abducted miles from where i lived in 1989, and during the course of their investigation they found the body of another child. the age matches Michaela, and the girl was never identified. this was early 90s, so the technology was obviously much different from where it is now. the body was located on an I-95 median... not sure of the exact county, but the Fairfax (VA) County police referred to it as two counties away... there are several counties that could be, because Northern Virginia is very densely populated so our counties are not nearly as big as they are in more rural areas.

    i know you hear things like this ALL the time. and i'm not saying i think she can't be alive, because although my abduction was very different, i came home. just wanted to say something because it would bother me if i didn't.

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  13. Sharon, I don't know if you read it or not but I wanted to let you know that there has been a break in the Lyon Sisters case. I don't know if you remember me telling you about them. They went missing 39 years ago here in Maryland. No sign of them since. They were 10 & 12. Police are questioning a man in a Delaware prison. (child sex offender). Supposedly the lead is a strong one.
    Just thought this may give you some hope of finding Michaela. Nancy

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    1. Yes, there is a system for this. Michaela's DNA, dental records and fingerprints are all registered in the system.

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  14. We have something in common! I just read this blog’s “About Me”—I too don’t kill flies and am a saver of snails!... For backyard wall climber snails I even have an xtra huge “snail haven” ceramic pot I gently deposit them in to refresh from their long fruitless journey to the roof.
    It’s not always easy whisking the Flies back outdoors. It helped to read an article that said using white paper helps em out faster-it said they can’t see the helpful added “wind beneath their wings” comin –

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  15. FYI it might just be my computer but when I pressed the wwwjust-sharon.com link under this blogs "About Me" I only got a blank page

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    1. Well it's very odd, because I just tried it, and the link took out the hyphen for some reason, but the hyphen is necessary. If you enter www.just-sharon.com into your browser you should get there. There is also a link on the pages bar still the top of the page which should work. Thanks.

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    2. Thxs. Link from the upper right of this blog works perfect. Luv the songs from the recent post.:)

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  16. Hi Sharon,
    I wish you peace and absolution in finding your sweet darling Michaela. I came across this channel on youtube, and it reminded me strongly of things you have said you believe in; I don't know if you will like it or not, but if you are interested, I will put the link:
    http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZWw36C3c67GyUo9EpHYk-A

    His name is Mark Pitstick and he discusses proof of the afterlife.
    I particularly liked his Death and Afterlife: Is there life after death?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4aCFkv8Xds&list=UUZWw36C3c67GyUo9EpHYk-A&feature=c4-overview


    Love and hope xo Michaela Forever

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    1. I have to admit I am really awful about watching videos, but I'll try. Thanks.

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  17. Hello Sharon, If comfortable would you consider writing about your experiences concerning your 1st published book in 2009?
    Are there do’s and don’ts you think 1st time authors should know?
    http://www.amazon.com/Listen-Your-Smart-Voice-Stay/dp/1442193301/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392940898&sr=1-1&keywords=Listen+to+Your+Smart+Voice

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    1. I don't really have much experience to share I'm afraid. I kind of published it and abandoned it. I'm honestly not even certain what I said in it is the best advice, so I haven't really promoted it.

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    2. Oh ok. The customer reviews were very positive and it seems to be a very special way to help in the area of prevention and bringing awareness to Michaela’s case.
      I dearly wish someone had taken the time, way back when, to teach what to do when the stranger offering candy comes…..allot of misery would have been saved in my life. Because of this I think your book is of immense value and so do others. In the depths of your heartache I’m grateful you made the effort.

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    3. Honestly, I think it does help to keep children safe, but I am not sure it doesn't turn them into worry worts. Honestly I think that both my life and my children's lives were less fun because I allowed caution and fear to control too much. It is such a tough balance to try to achieve.

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    4. I hear you about the worry & less fun aspects. I can’t even imagine how difficult this experience was for your whole family:*(
      . I was an apartment manager for years and once put up a poster about bikes being stolen in the neighborhood. The worried parents (Mostly Vietnamese & Chinese) not only kept the bikes inside but their kids.  The freedom they had of laughter and playing together was cut off. I felt so terrible for them, I prayed about it, and started a “kids day”. Each Saturday the chaperoned kids were invited on outings. We went to the zoo, museum, bowling ,mini golf, beach for kite flying, etc. It was only 1 day of being allowed out for them but the quality seemed to make a difference.
      One of the girls during “kids day” told me she had heard in the news about a “pretty girl” being kidnapped and that she practiced making herself ugly in the mirror every day so it wouldn’t happen to her. It was discussed with her Christian parents and they enrolled her in confident building self defense classes. . Terrible does happen and the *preventive awareness in your book is vital & necessary*. I have found these things combined with” Faith in action” creates a balance that can make the ultimate difference.

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  18. "Fly" by Celine Dion’ song lyrics reminds me tonight of this special song..
    “Time to say goodbye--Instumental Version” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9rVpPlFyOA

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    1. “. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life. This really bothered me…” When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.” http://www.prayers-for-special-help.com/footprints-prayer.html

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  19. 2/25 abc news.go.news posted a video and article today called:“Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors Honored With 2-Minute Ovation”—“The women — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — walked onto the stage to be embraced by the governor and receive their medals. The audience stood and cheered for more than two minutes, the longest ovation of the night. It was a rare case of the trio being together following their rescue.”
    MY WISH… I think California needs to have COURAGE TO CARRY ON awards for long waiting families of missing loved. Especially after following these blogs and re-reading the comment on the side panel of this blog …”
    “The love and the caring poured out over the years for Michaela, and for her family, have been so important to me. It has helped me more than you could know. There have been times when I have been so weary and broken hearted that I have just wanted to lay down hope and surrender to the darkness. But you people out there have supported me when I felt I couldn't go on, and sometimes even actually bullied me into picking up that hope and holding onto it when it had become so heavy I didn't think I could. I can't thank you enough for that, and please, please, please don't ever stop. “

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    1. World-wide Support, even expressed by silent check ins or uplifts, continue….On Feb 10th 2014 this blog’s page views were” a whooping 502172!”…. TODAY 2/27 there are 508850 views !!

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    2. Sometimes it is just so difficult to know what to say..sigh… I hope our often collective concerned silence can be viewed as a rainbow…quiet yet beautiful… in the presence of the storm.
      . I luv this blog side panel quote by Maya Angelou : "God put rainbows in the clouds so that each of us, in the dreariest and most dreaded moments, can see a possibility of hope."

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    3. How do you like the following statistics for page views?

      United States 364,682
      Canada 23,557
      United Kingdom 16,496
      Australia 10,251
      Ukraine 9,101
      China 8,810
      Spain 3,363
      France 2,969
      United Arab Emirates 2,588
      Germany 2,585

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    4. WOW!! WOW!!! WOWeeeeeee !!!!!!!! :) !!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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    5. I think the statistics are a surprising delight, heartwarmingly beautiful & Each one of “YOU are‘WONDERFUL”!!
      GERMANY: Du bist wunderbar
      FRANCE: Vous êtes merveilleux
      CHINA: 你太棒了
      UAE: كنت رائعة
      Ukraine*:
      : ти чудова та ніжна
      (ty chiudova ta nijna)
      SPAIN: eres maravilloso!
      Via http://www.howtosayin.com/you+are+wonderful.html

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  20. If 800 -1,000 visitors each would pray at least 1x for Michaela’s kidnappers “ENVIROMENTAL FOOTPRINTS to be revealed”. I believe this missing case will be solved.

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    1. One shortcut for this theme centered uplifting could be pockets of numerous people who are members of Mega Church’s or Prayer Groups asking their Ministers/Group Leaders. to request their congregations to uplift..OR joining together like this Feb. 27, 2014 11:39 PM missing person article:“Prayer day Saturday for Holly Bobo”
      “The family and friends of missing Decatur County woman Holly Bobo want to encourage everyone to join them in a day of prayer, according to a news release.
      On Saturday, Corinth Baptist Church in Darden will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for prayer time. The Bobo family is asking everyone in the county and surrounding counties to come sometime during this time and pray, the release said.”
      We definitely need God’s hand on us all. They are asking churches from all denominations to load up their buses and people to come from everywhere to unite and pray. Each person can pray as long as they feel lead to. The family can not thank everyone enough for their continuing support, but please come out this day and pray.”
      http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20140228/NEWS01/302280013/Local-briefs-Prayer-day-Saturday-for-Holly-Bobo-Jackson-woman-killed-in-North-Highland-crash-Hearings-reset-in-sexual-exploitation-rape-cases-Montessori-Center-of-Jackson-donates-book-Free-dinner-at-Liberty-Street-with-tickets-to-rockabilly-dance

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    2. 1 day after above article..” TBI executes search warrants nearly 3 years after Holly Bobo's disappearance”!! Posted: Feb 28, 2014 10:48 AM CST <Updated: Feb 28, 2014 7:54 PM CS T http://www.wkrn.com/story/24851726/holly-bobo-search-warrants

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    3. “TBI, FBI begin third day of search in Holly Bobo case “The massive search began just one day before Bobo's friends and family planned to gather for a day of prayer. Hundreds visited the family church Saturday”
      http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/24851714/tbi-executing-search-warrants-in-connection-with-bobo-disappearance

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    4. “Search effort in Holly Bobo case renews hope; prayer vigil held as TBI sweeps home and property” Mar. 2, 2014 4:40 AM
      http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20140302/NEWS01/303020011/Search-effort-Holly-Bobo-case-renews-hope-prayer-vigil-held-TBI-sweeps-home-property

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    5. This terrible time of waiting reminds me of the Garrido’s property searches you endured :*(

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    6. 3/5 Via FB pg “ Bring Holly Bobo home safe” News reporter twitter post @willnunley
      (Holly’s mother)Karen Bobo telling me she thanks the thousands praying for her family during this time. #HollyBobo” https://www.facebook.com/BHBHS

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  21. “ A grand jury is meeting at this hour in Decatur County, TN about possible charges in the disappearance of Holly Bobo. Judge McGinley says if an indictment is returned, arraignment will be Tuesday. Still haven't heard who could be charged. #HollyBobo—
    Katie Rufener (@KRufener_WREG3) March 05, 2014 http://wreg.com/2014/03/05/tbi-holding-holly-bobo-news-conference/

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  22. :*( The Bobo Kidnapper (s) ENVIROMENTAL FOOTPRINTS seem to be partway revealed today.:*( “Suspect charged in case of missing Tennessee woman Holly Bobo” via CNN

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    1. Is it worth fighting for truth when it is so horrific for some when it is discovered

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    2. Yes. It is. If our children lived it, we can hear it.

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    3. Deeply touching reply. I cried much.
      The revived F.I.G.H.T ( Faith In God’s Help Together) for the location of Michaela will continue.

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  23. 3/7 “Family of Holly Bobo releases first statement since indictment” Late Thursday night, the family's statement was posted on the "Bring Holly Bobo Home" Facebook page" :*(:
    "In the recent days, it feels like everything has come against our hope and it seems that all our trust was shattered. We still have hope because of who our hope is in. Holly had that same hope and faith, because of Jesus Christ we will see her again. Jesus will provide us the strength and grace to see us through."
    On Friday, the page posted a statement from Holly's boyfriend, Drew Scott:
    "There are no words to describe my gratitude to our Lord and Savior and all of you, especially for all the prayers and for all you have done for our precious Holly. All the time of searching, handing out fliers, and most of all for your prayers and not giving up. I know our sweet girl is in heaven and has seen the outpouring of love this community and the world has shown her. May God bless each and every one of you, especially Hollys family and friends during this tragic time. Rest In Peace our sweet angel, I will love you forever."” http://www.wsmv.com/story/24912847/family-of-holly-bobo-releases-statement

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    1. This inspired me to replay your wonderful "justsharon" posted video song “Praise You in the storm”>>Msg and special request by Holly’s grieving mother following 1st court appearance Via FB pg “Bring Holly Bobo Home”..”:Karen Bobo “ Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isa41:10 Please continue to pray for our family and the investigators. Thank you..”. .. https://www.facebook.com/MissingHollyBobo

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  24. 3/19 Is it too soon to be rallying with other murder/ victim families over legal issues???? " Bobo's family and other loved ones of crime victims came together to support a bill that would make a major change to murder trials. If passed, the bill would admit (victim b4 crime) pictures as evidence at murder trials.” http://www.wkrn.com/story/25022048/holly-bobos-family-rallies-for-vicitms-rights-bill



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  25. Grieving mother’s FB message “yesterday” with 716 likes…“From Karen Bobo: Look to The Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Ch 16:11 Please continue to pray for the investigators and for justice. Thank you.” https://www.facebook.com/MissingHollyBobo

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  26. The topic of abducted children hits me harder than any other. When I was about your daughter's age, I was walking with a friend when I noticed a car following us. To this day, I can see the male driver clearly in my mind. He was driving very slowly next to the curb. We were walking in an empty lot, so there was no reason for him to be there. I knew in my gut that he was a predator. I whispered to my friend, "When I count to three, run!" She said, "What?" I whispered again (afraid he would hear) "When I count to three, run!" Once again, she didn't understand what I said. So then I said, "I'll race you home!" and I started running as fast as I could across the lot to her front door. I turned around only to see her walking slowly, staring at me in wonder. I started screaming, "Run! Run!" She started to jog across the lot, and the man drove away. Her father asked if I would like to call the police, but I didn't understand about the police and thought that if he called them I could get in trouble somehow. But I did agree to let him drive us around the neighborhood to look for the man and his car. We never saw him. I was blessed to get away. Not everyone has that opportunity. If he had just been a little closer to us, who knows? So my heart goes out to your daughter, wherever she is, because she didn't get the lucky break that I got. But I believe God will make it up to her.

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  27. Oh, and I wanted to say too, (but I was afraid my comment would be too long to publish if I included it in the last comment) that I recently read Elizabeth Smart's book, and learned that it could be really hard for someone to come home after being abducted. So I pray that if she is still out there, she will have the courage, and will see from your letter that you just want to see her again.

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