A moment of silence. A moment of prayer.

I’m a news junkie.  I’m an independent mind who follows politics. I’m a free thinker and a free spirit who listens to all sides, researches information, gets educated and weighs all facts before forming an opinion – and that opinion is subject to change as more information is received and processed.

I’m an American with a deep love and commitment to my country – despite any leadership that is in place – past, present or future.  I’m proud to be an American and always will be – even if I’m ashamed and disgusted by what’s transpiring in our country today, or any day.

This is not a political post. This is not a religious, cultural, racial or gender identity post. 

This is a post asking you to take a moment out of your day to reflect upon what is happening in Afghanistan.  This is a post asking you to take a moment and bow your head in prayer – whatever prayer you choose, whether Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Druid or any other spiritual path you follow.  If it’s not prayer, may it be a moment of hope.

Work goes on. Social media continues to be flooded by pictures of kids and animals, self-interest posts and funny memes.  There are responsibilities that need to be carried out, despite what is happening in the world today.

We are so quick to hear soundbites, peruse news briefs then move on, putting it behind us with indifference.  A passing ‘that’s a shame’ or ‘isn’t that awful’.

Take a moment to sincerely absorb what is happening in Afghanistan – to the innocent people, to those who helped the U.S. over the past 20 years and to our military troops who are in a very difficult position – personally and professionally.

No opinions. No judgment. No anger. No blame. No hate. Nothing but acknowledgment, hope and prayer. There’ll be plenty of time for Monday morning quarterbacking, but not now.  Not today.

America – we pray for our people and our country. Afghanistan – we pray for your people and your country.  Our world – we continue to pray for peace and unity.


Author: E.M. Murphy

A voracious writer, lifetime learner and eternal seeker who aims to open minds and hearts. Armed with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a NASM Certified Behavior Change Specialist, humanity and humor is at the heart of my writing, reminding us that the key to success will always start with a genuine concern for others while making sure to be true to our authentic selves.

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