Joining with the writing flash mob that is Five Minute Friday at the home of the lovely Lisa Jo Baker. Writing not for comments or traffic or anyone else’s agenda. But for pure love of the written word. For joy at the sound of syllables, sentences and paragraphs all strung together by the voice of the speaker.
Five minutes on story
Forty years ago today on the Isle of Man, a small island off mainland Britain, a huge fire ripped through a holiday complex called Summerland. Fifty happy holidaymaker’s lives were lost.
We were on holiday as a family in the same town at the time. I was too young to absorb the impact of the situation and its awfulness.
It is one of those sad events that is perhaps not as widely covered as some others. Fifty lives whose stories were snuffed out agonisingly and many more who have suffered since from the loss of a close family member.
Photo credit: Neal Fowler (Fragile)
The fire was started by the careless discarding of a cigarette
How often do our careless words have a destructive impact on others’ stories? Changing the course of events and missing God-given opportunites to shower grace.
Let us learn to love well and not be a spark to a devastating inferno, one that burns up and suffocates another.