The Loss of September
Remember, remember, the loss of September.
The day we paid for befriending the people of God.
The day miracles happened even as tragedy fell, and the price, though dear, was cut in twain, one hand of Providence at a time.
And in the fires of hate, heroism did arrive, running up floor after floor, unable to see, to breathe, to know what would happen next after the unimaginable had occurred. Before the unthinkable happened.
Towers fell as the terrible chapters in the Book were read and we wept. Knowing all things MUST end, does not us prepare us for the shock of hearing so. Who can judge such things besides God? Have mercy, O Lord.
Have mercy, O men. Weep with those who weep - and remember, remember that day in September.
I spent the entire afternoon recovering from a cold and writing and re-writing my father's obituary to beat The Commercial Appeal's Monday morning deadline. It cost an amazing amount of money to put this into the paper, but it was worth it, short as it is.
"Earnest Lee Carmon, 79, former resident of Memphis, died Friday August 26, 2011 in Spokane, WA. Mr. Carmon served in Korea as a U. S. Marine and worked as a trucker in the Memphis area for over 30 years.
"A Christian, he served as an elder in the 1st Presbyterian Church of Laredo, TX. Beloved son of William Ellis Carmon III and Lutinia B. “Tinnie Lou” Powell, his wife, Norma Joyce (McClanahan), gave him two sons, Sean W. Carmon and Rev. Brian J. Carmon. Upon her death after 29 years of marriage, he married Brenda Faye Webb, of West Memphis, AR. Beloved stepmother, they celebrated their 26th anniversary.
"He is survived by brother, Thomas “Sonny” Carmon of Missouri; and sister, Dora Mae Carmon of California; three grandchildren, Cristin Carmon Franklin, Michael Sean Carmon, and Katie Carmon Kimball, and three great-grandchildren, Clay, Jackson and Aiden.
"A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 17, from 1-2:15 p.m. at Lifepointe Baptist Church, 50 Getwell Rd South, Hernando, MS 38632.
"Also, a public graveside service with military honors will be held Monday, Sept. 19th from 10-10:30 a.m. at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion, AR."
"We mourn - but not as those who have no hope," wrote the apostle Paul.