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Prayers & Support Needed for Viking2002
Viking2002 ^ | 7/15/12 | Vision

Posted on 07/15/2012 3:08:27 PM PDT by Vision

Freeper Viking2002 has been involved in a life altering disaster. Please offer him any prayers and support you may have. I'll let him speak for himself. Please direct your posts to Viking2002.

First email: Our house burned down to a shell around 11 this morning, and it was essentially a total loss - a bad electrical outlet that wasn’t even being used was pegged as the culprit, according to the fire marshall. Most painful of all was losing our ‘kids’, Nigel and Scrat - they were overcome by the rapidity of the disaster and couldn’t get out through their pet door and into the back yard. The EMT’s tried to revive them in the front yard, but they couldn’t overcome the heat and smoke damage to their lungs. Our personal belongings are just that - belongings. Things. They can be replaced; but losing our dogs was a sword through the heart that made me curse God Himself, until the church minister arrived and helped put me at ease.

But I’m currently just waking up from the shell shock, and nowhere near that Kubler-Ross stage of grief yet, so I may need to be institutionalized once I reach that point. I think most of you thought I needed to be medicated, anyway. The Red Cross has stepped up and given us a motel room locally, and family and church from both sides of the marriage have descended upon us to help with the aftermath. My mother, brother-in-law, and sister are currently driving down here from MD and PA for the first time since I relocated here in ‘99. We were able to salvage one laptop with wireless, and we’re sharing it during the off moments we have; I dug two more out of the rubble, both suffering from heat, water, and smoke damage, but think I can cobble together a working unit from the giblets of both, since they the same model and one actually did boot up tonight. The desktop PC’s will probably never boot again, unless the hard drives somehow survived (although the PC next to the ignition source is a heat-twisted black skeleton, and it’s getting last rites presumptively). So, no matter what the outcome with the bank, insurance company, etc., we’re pretty much starting over with just the clothes on our back, and the acrid stink of fate clinging to our skin. But I’ll be out here; it’s just that the Devil handed a fiftyish couple a shared midlife crisis they weren’t expecting. At all.


Second email: This is Eric - we salvaged a laptop to use here in the motel. Our house was totaled. It went up so quickly, it was fully involved and out of control by the time our neighbor called 911. The fire marshal isolated an electrical outlet - one that wasn’t even used - as the point of ignition. A storm had just hit the area, so we’re deeply suspect of a lightning strike. We want to thank everyone - down here and up there - for your prayers. It means the world to us that so many people have lent us support as they have. Everyone down here has been fantastic - the Red Cross, The Christian Center, our church, and our minister, Brother Fran, who’s already crawled through the soot and grime to help recover what he could, Connie’s family, my step-children, their father, the community, even people we’ve never known have shown up with their sleeves rolled up and ready to do whatever they can. We’re overwhelmed by the support we’ve been given by all. At the end of the day, what we lost is replaceable.

Connie and I still have each other - that can’t be replaced. The hardest part was losing our ‘kids’, Nigel and Dixie. The EMT’s tried to resuscitate them, but the heat and smoke was too much for their little Dachshund lungs. It was like losing our own flesh and blood. Harder still was having to take them, wrapped in a blanket, to the animal clinic and say goodbye. I can’t bring myself to think of what they went through, and knowing that they were probably screaming for us in their minds. I would never wish this feeling of anguish on anyone. They’ll receive private cremations and reside next to their big sister Rhubarb, who’s urn the firemen were able to retrieve, and we thank God for that. We’ll rebuild our lives out of what we have left, no matter how much or how little, and we’ll be better people because of it. On a good note, Heidi, Mama Kitty and the kittens (or as I call them all, the ‘kitty litter’ HAR HAR) all made it through the fire. In fact, not only were we able to place for adoption all but the two kittens (Speedy and ‘Noid) we’re keeping with Mama, but Ingrid, Len, and especially Kalli were so taken with the kitten we named Midnight, they adopted her and are taking her home to PA to give Hailey a new little playmate.



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To: Viking2002

Prayers up. I’m very sorry for your losses.


51 posted on 07/15/2012 7:16:26 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: gitmo

‘What part of the country are you in?’

He refers to relatives ‘driving down here from
MD and PA - - -’
So, further south than MD - - -

If it was lightning that struck his home, Florida has huge electrical storms - - but maybe also states in-between. . .

He may say soon.


52 posted on 07/15/2012 8:22:23 PM PDT by USARightSide ( SUPPORTING O U R TROOPS)
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To: Vision; everyone
Only have a moment to pop in, but my wife and would like you all to know how overwhelmed we are by everyone's prayers and support. Between our families, the church, the Red Cross, our local community, and not the least of which our FRiends here at Free Republic, it's helped keep us grounded and focused on the blessings we received in the aftermath. It has been and will be a long uphill slog back to normalcy, but we're built like tanks. It's made me realize all the more how much goodness there is still left in America, and how hard we must fight to take this country back before it is destroyed by the evil eating away at it.

God bless each of you, and I'll be back to drive you nuts before you know it. - Eric

"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

53 posted on 07/15/2012 9:05:28 PM PDT by Viking2002 ("If you're gonna hang out in places like this, wear a badge on your didey.")
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To: Viking2002

Prayers for you and yours during this difficult time.


54 posted on 07/15/2012 9:17:54 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: USARightSide; gitmo
Originally from the coal country hills of Western Maryland. Lately of East Central Alabama - we've gotten some bad storms as of late. As it happened, I had the weather radar up on my computer screen at work, and I'd just texted my wife that a cell blew up directly over town, when she called, in hysterics, and was screaming about the house. I was there 20 minutes later, and it was already gutted. Flames coming out through the roof. Our particular area is a known lightning magnet. One tree in my back yard was recently killed off by a strike. The fire department knows the area well. A storm in March caused a surge that not only killed the hot water tank, but two bedroom outlets, an oven element, and the memory in my wife's PC. All at once. I always joked that the house was built on an old Indian burial ground, and the spirits were a bad mood.

Ain't so funny to me now.

"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

55 posted on 07/15/2012 9:19:25 PM PDT by Viking2002 ("If you're gonna hang out in places like this, wear a badge on your didey.")
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To: Viking2002

I join in urgent prayer for you!


56 posted on 07/15/2012 9:22:45 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Viking2002
So sorry, Viking2002, for the immense loss you and yours have suffered. We will continue praying for your strength and courage, and for the loving arms of God to be wrapped around you as you seek to move toward some semblance of normalcy in your life. I wish I could make it all better for you . . .
57 posted on 07/15/2012 9:52:43 PM PDT by Blitzen42
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To: Viking2002

Had to start from scratch two times due to losing all in fires... a humble Prayer to give you strength.


58 posted on 07/15/2012 10:30:39 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: Viking2002

(((((Praying with All my Heart)))))


59 posted on 07/15/2012 11:06:50 PM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!)
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To: Viking2002

Prayers for you and yours. May you feel the warmth of God’s love as His children demonstrate His love toward you in unexpected ways.


60 posted on 07/15/2012 11:15:36 PM PDT by betsyross60
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To: Viking2002; Kathy in Alaska; Fawnn; fatima; MS.BEHAVIN

Hello, Viking:

I’m pinging a few FRiends to you, so that they might ask Prayer Warrior friends to intercede on your behalf, and on behalf of your loved ones.

Friends, Viking has endured an horrific event, and needs our support.

I can’t begin to imagine the terror and loss and the grief you bear tonight. Know that even in darkest hours, you stand not alone, “for Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me”.

Good will come from this small and passing thing, take that into account.

Yours,

SARGE


61 posted on 07/16/2012 1:26:29 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: Viking2002; Old Sarge; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; Aggie Mama; ...
Logan's Prayer Warriors....FReeper Viking2002 is in need of prayers.

Viking2002 and his wife have lost their home and beloved dogs to a fire.

See updates at Posts 53 & 55.

62 posted on 07/16/2012 1:59:12 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: Viking2002
Prayers of peace for you and your wife, Viking2002....and for your "kids".


63 posted on 07/16/2012 2:50:34 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: Viking2002

Just unbelievable what lightning has done in your area.
Twenty minutes and your house was gone - ???
Must have been an awful sight.
None of us can walk in your shoes.

I’m expecting the good folks of Alabama will help out in many ways.
Including the emergency agencies . . .

(An aside - - spouse is a real first generation American viking - both parents born in Norway - )!


64 posted on 07/16/2012 3:27:03 AM PDT by USARightSide ( SUPPORTING O U R TROOPS)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

BTTT


65 posted on 07/16/2012 4:05:38 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Viking2002; Kathy in Alaska

Sorry about your loss.
Especially those of your "kids"...(have buried a few of our own).
Sending FReepmail

66 posted on 07/16/2012 5:23:26 AM PDT by beachn4fun (How long will the world allow terrorism to be the answer to the problem? ~ pH)
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To: Viking2002

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your wife.


67 posted on 07/16/2012 5:24:58 AM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Viking2002

I am so sorry about the loss of your dear pets, and your “stuff”. As a red cross volunteer I am glad you have a good chapter that is helping you.

We had a lightning strike that took out lots and lots of our things... nine computers among them and other parts of my husbands business.. fortunately no fire... and I know how hard it can be to replace all that was lost.

One wise friend answered us when Mr G was grumbling about God letting it happen. He said “God said it’s time for an upgrade”. And he was right. We recovered from the “tragedy” in really good form, without the amount of money we thought it would take, and with so much kindness from people we were astonished.

I will pray that you are equally blessed.


68 posted on 07/16/2012 5:25:55 AM PDT by Grammy
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To: Vision
A Viking bump....

Leni

69 posted on 07/16/2012 5:26:31 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Viking2002

My prayers are with you.


70 posted on 07/16/2012 5:41:39 AM PDT by lysie
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To: Viking2002

You are in my prayers.


71 posted on 07/16/2012 6:21:44 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Vision

Prayers going up!!


72 posted on 07/16/2012 6:27:54 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: Viking2002
You and Connie are in my family's prayers and please accept my special condolences for Nigel and Dixie.

Freepmail me with any special needs you may have and I'll see if there's anything on the list that's up my alley or in my basement.

If you could use a FR work day or weekend, or weekends in the future, let us know.

73 posted on 07/16/2012 8:17:18 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Vision

God bless! I cannot even begin to wrap my brain around this. My prayers offered.


74 posted on 07/16/2012 9:08:18 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: Vision

I was burned out of my apartment in 2009, I know exactly what it feels like

my sincere condolences


75 posted on 07/16/2012 9:43:44 AM PDT by RaceBannon (I wont vote for a gay marriage marxist gun grabber, or vote for Obama, either)
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To: Vision; Viking2002

I was burned out of my apartment in 2009, I know exactly what it feels like

my sincere condolences


76 posted on 07/16/2012 9:43:48 AM PDT by RaceBannon (I wont vote for a gay marriage marxist gun grabber, or vote for Obama, either)
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To: Vision

Prayers for Viking.


77 posted on 07/16/2012 11:00:02 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: Viking2002

All the best and take care.


78 posted on 07/16/2012 12:20:29 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Viking2002

Oh my. Heartfelt, if a little late in coming, prayers are lifted for you and Connie.

May God hold you both close, in His comforting and strengthening hands.

Tatt


79 posted on 07/16/2012 1:38:48 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Viking2002

I’m so sorry for your loss Viking2002.

My prayers are with you as you deal with this.


80 posted on 07/16/2012 1:52:39 PM PDT by fanfan (.http://www.ontariolandowners.ca/index.php?p=1_50_Your-Rights)
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To: Viking2002

I’ve never had to deal with a fire but my sister did and after 4 years she still won’t buy another house. Take care of your mental health. I know, except for your dogs, you just lost material things but I’m sure some of those things had emotional attatchments.

Thank goodness for the computer age and the fact that she had sent me plenty of family pictures I was able to scan them and send them to her on a disk.


81 posted on 07/16/2012 1:55:15 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Viking2002
Prayers going up to the Lord for your comfort, and recovery. May the Lord also grant that your 'kids' will meet you one day on Rainbow Bridge. Amen.

5.56mm

82 posted on 07/16/2012 2:17:45 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Viking2002

Thoughts and prayers in your time of need.


83 posted on 07/16/2012 3:49:44 PM PDT by Missy Fallon
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To: Viking2002

May the Lord grant you courage, fortitude and grace as you deal with this diaster.


84 posted on 07/16/2012 6:11:02 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Viking2002; nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; ...
Catholic Prayer Ping
 
Please addres your prayers to Viking2002;
 
If you aren't on this prayer ping list NOW and would like to be, please FReepmail me.

85 posted on 07/16/2012 6:11:49 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Vision; Viking2002
I am so very sorry for your loss!

May the God of all comfort give you His peace and mercy!. Please know that my husband and I will be lifting you and your wife in prayer.

86 posted on 07/16/2012 6:12:43 PM PDT by tajgirvan (May we Never forget the Sacrifices of our American Heroes nor that of their Families!)
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To: Vision; Viking2002

Lord Jesus,

Be near this family in the hour of their trial.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.


87 posted on 07/16/2012 6:16:38 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: Vision
I am so sorry to read about this tragedy. You are correct, your stuff is merely stuff but losing your precious dogs is a horrible tragedy.

We almost had the same thing happen here. A floor plug shorted out under the sofa but it was one of our dogs that saved us. My husband was at home taking a nap and Bobo barked and ran back and forth from the fire to his bedside until he finally got up.

I am thanking God that you and your wife are safe.

88 posted on 07/16/2012 6:27:24 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Viking2002

Prayers for an abundance of strength for you and yours.


89 posted on 07/16/2012 6:43:26 PM PDT by sockmonkey (She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick)
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To: Viking2002

Prayers to you and yours! I can’t imagine how devastating it would be to lose family or “my kids”. The house and things would definitely be secondary.

I swear my dad has the same problem with weather. Over twenty years on his lot he’s lost all of his 100yo oaks and two pine trees to weather; two lightning strikes and four tornados. You might want to look into selling the lot and buying something across town :-)


90 posted on 07/16/2012 6:53:04 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: Viking2002

We love you, we are with you, just let us know what you need.
God Bless.


91 posted on 07/16/2012 7:49:52 PM PDT by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: Viking2002

Prayers for you and your wife.


92 posted on 07/16/2012 9:00:24 PM PDT by Semper Mark (I see a bad moon rising.)
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To: Viking2002

I will pray tonight for you and your wife. Deepest condolences on the loss of your pets.

By the way, I don’t know what you do for a living, but if it doesn’t involve writing, it should. You have a beautiful way with words.


93 posted on 07/16/2012 9:49:57 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Vision

Terribly sorry for your loses.

Prayers to ease your burdens.


94 posted on 07/17/2012 1:49:38 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Vision

Prayers up. Wow.


95 posted on 07/17/2012 3:13:25 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Depone serpentem et ab veneno gradere.)
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To: Viking2002

Prayer bump


96 posted on 07/17/2012 4:24:17 AM PDT by Tribune7 (Fire Obama)
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To: Viking2002

Thank You, Lord, for keeping Connie safe during this trial. Thank You for helping gather friends and family around Eric and Connie. Please continue to keep Your loving hand on them as they rebuild their lives.

Lord, please give Nigel and Dixie an extra bunny to chase through the flowered fields where they now play.

Amen


97 posted on 07/17/2012 9:11:44 AM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: Viking2002

Prayers for God’s blessings in your time of need.


98 posted on 07/17/2012 10:59:04 AM PDT by ex-snook (without forgiveness there is no Christianity)
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To: Viking2002

Prayers


99 posted on 07/17/2012 12:31:09 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Viking2002
How very sorry I am to hear of this devastating tragedy. You have many praying for you. I firmly believe, as my pastor believes, “All dogs go to heaven.” Those sweet souls will
be waiting for you as they did each day when you would return home.
God bless you and the family.
May Our Lord, Sweet Jesus, be there to comfort you in the time of such loss.
100 posted on 07/17/2012 1:48:24 PM PDT by fatfertile
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