My heart goes out to the victims and the families of those who were trampled to death at
the New Year’s stampede in my mother’s country, The Ivory Coast.
“Bless those who mourn, eternal God
with the comfort of your love
that they may face each new day with hope
and the certainty that nothing can destroy
the good that has been given. May their memories become joyful,
their days enriched with friendship,
and their lives encircled by your love.
–c 1991 Vienna Cobb Anderson, Adapted from “Prayers of Our Hearts”