Monday, January 9, 2012

No News

How does someone just disappear?

After a fitful night of tossing and turning with unsettling visions racing through my brain, I took a run this morning. For Sherry. I visualized her safe return. I prayed for no fear or suffering. As I took in the gorgeous mountains and breathed the crisp winter air, I imagined Sherry safe, smiling and running. That girl loves to run.

If you missed yesterday’s post, my friend and relative, Sherry Arnold, has been missing since Saturday morning when she took a run in the small town of Sidney, Montana. Her shoe was found Saturday afternoon. Extensive searching by hundreds of volunteers and the National Guard have turned up no leads. The story is now making national news with hopes that someone, somewhere, knows something.

All day yesterday, I kept silently repeating, “Sherry, where are you?”

Yes, I have a personal connection to this story. Yet my fears and grief are a tiny fraction of what her family, friends, students and community are facing right now. My heart simply breaks for everyone who is hurting and those who are missing their mother, their wife, their teacher, their coach, their daughter, their friend.

I know not everyone wears their heart on their sleeve like I do. To me, putting it out there helps me to cope and to process. Sharing sorrow and tragedy brings us all closer and make us realize that we are more alike than we are different. Through desperate times comes an outpouring of love and support that reminds us of what is important.

I appreciate your support more than you know. On some level – be it as a mother, a runner, a woman – most of us can identify with this story.

I am remaining hopeful for a happy ending. Sherry has a strong and faithful spirit. She is a cancer survivor and a fighter. Please keep her in your thoughts.

SUAR

98 comments:

  1. I saw this yesterday. My heart is breaking for the fear and worry you all are going through right now. I'm praying and praying for Sherry. And all of you.

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  2. This breaks my heart! I will keep Sherry and her family in my prayers! Please keep us posted as well. :(

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  3. I saw this ... and your post and just cannot believe it. My heart and prayers are going to her, you and the entire family.

    I hope her return is both safe and quick ...

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  4. Sending prayers out to all of you and her family.

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  5. I AM SO SORRY for Sherry, you, and the rest of your family :(

    You are in my thoughts and prayers!!!

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  6. Thinking positive thoughts for her safe return. Running alone always scares me. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sherry and her family and friends.

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  7. Not much I can do from here in Washington state, but I've been posting the link to the news channel on both my Facebook and Twitter, hoping it will help. We're a military family, hopefully somewhere along the line the news will branch out to as many people in many places as possible.

    I can't stop thinking about this. We're praying for everyone involved.

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  8. Sherry and everyone who loves her are in my thoughts.

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  9. I read your post yesterday and she's one of the first thoughts I had this morning. I'm praying for her safe return. I can't imagine what her poor family is going through. :(

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  10. I am so very much putting the positive thoughts out there for a safe, healthy return. It's hard to be at a place where you can't control the end, but trust that all the positive prayers for her safety will be answered. I'm sorry for what you and her family are going through!

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  11. Beth you have brought her to all of us. We are touched and moved, scared and prayerful. I am praying without ceasing!

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  12. Been thinking about you and your family. I can't even imagine what you're going through. Prayers been sent up for all of you.

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  13. i keep checking your blog, hoping hoping hoping there is good news. both my husband and i are thinking about everyone involved and praying for her safe return.

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  14. That daughter needs her mother back. I pray this happens.

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  15. I'm in Canada, but I've shared this on FB as well. Maybe it will help bring her home. Maybe it will prevent this from happening elsewhere. I feel sick for Sherry, and everyone who knows her. I pray she's okay, and finding her way home as I type this.

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  16. Praying for all involved. Praying for news, for her safety, for her friends and family... Super scary, especially since most of us, at some point, have gone running alone. :-(

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  17. Prayers sent from Mississippi!

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  18. This is the first thing I did this morning. I had to know what was going on. I am sending good thoughts and prayers her way and I am holding on to a good outcome. I am doing what I can to get the word out. I know it's not much but its all I can do to help. We're praying for you Sherry!

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  19. Praying for everyone involved--this is one of the biggest fears about running alone for most of us. Even in an area you are sure is safe!

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  20. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of Sherry's family and friends. My next run will be a prayer for her and all of you.

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  21. Hi Beth, I saw this yesterday and have been thinking of and praying for Sherry, and for all who know and love her, ever since. Thank you for sharing this - for wearing your heart on your sleeve - our prayers will not stop until she is found.

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  22. Still praying and hoping for the best outcome. Thinking of you too, it's so hard to be so close (and yet so far away) from such a tragedy.

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  23. This is such a big fear of mine. I will keep hoping for her safe return...

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  24. Sherry will continue to be in my prayers today. Thinking of everyone that loves her dearly!

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  25. I just saw your post from yesterday. I cannot even begin to imagine what her family is going through. Keeping her in my prayers.

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  26. I double checked your blog today for some happy news. I am so disheartened for everyone involved. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

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  27. Hi, Beth. I heard about this yesterday here in CO. My thoughts and prayers are going her ways from a woman, mama, daughter, and runner.

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  28. I've been thinking about this CONSTANTLY ever since reading the story on your blog. I even woke up in the middle of the night- thinking about her and praying.

    I can't imagine what you are going through- and her family. I'm praying for GOOD NEWS and that word will come TODAY. I'm praying she is feeling pace and not afraid. I am praying for a miracle!


    You are in my thoughts!!!!!
    Kelly in Michigan
    sitesx6@aol.com

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  29. Keeping you all in my thoughts!

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  30. I just keep thinking that wherever she is, I hope the tough runner that she is is fighting up a storm. Just breaks my heart. Praying for everyone involved.

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  31. I had dreams about this last night, too, and am thinking of your family and hoping that just bending my thoughts in their direction will give wings to the search.

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  32. My thoughts and prayers are with Sherry and her family!

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  33. This sucks. I hate that her family has to go through this, and you as well. I heard about this yesterday I hope she's ok.

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  34. I will say prayers for Sherry's return and that God may give her family comfort at this time.

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  35. even though we are on the west coast, I shared the news link you posted previously....figure if everyone on FB would, the news would travel faster

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  36. Through you, I feel that this hits close to home for me too. My heart goes out to all of them, to you, to Sherry. Please let her be okay...

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  37. I can't stop thinking about it. i am going to keep praying!

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  38. This is so tragic... I'm definitely sending prayers your way. I can't even imagine what you're going through, but I commend your ability to stay strong through this. God bless.

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  39. She is in my prayers! I really hope she is found soon and that she is okay.

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  40. I thought of her this morning as I ran. Praying for her safe return.

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  41. So sorry to hear this, she sounds like a tough lady. Hoping for her safe return and thinking of you and all the family.

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  42. I was so hoping today would bring wonderful news. Keeping her and all those close to her in my thoughts and prayers...

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  43. Continued hopeful thoughts and prayers coming your and her family's way. I wish what we all feel in our hearts could in some way impact the outcome.

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  44. I said a prayer for her, her family, and all those close to her when I ran this morning. I've actually run in Sydney before (we have family there), and I can't even imagine anything bad happening there. It definitely makes me think twice before heading out alone for a run.

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  45. I honestly have not stopped thinking about this since I read your post yesterday. She is in my thoughts and prayers!

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  46. Sending you all my prayers and hopes for a happy turnout. This is breaking my heart.

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  47. i've been thinking about her. Hoping for good news soon!

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  48. That's just awful I'm so sorry. My prayers are with her and the family.

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  49. My thoughts are with you and her family. There is still time for a happy outcome and I hope that is what comes.

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  50. I have been telling my friends about this so they will pray and also be aware for their own safety. It's a very difficult reminder.

    Thanks for sharing all of this!

    We will keep praying that she is found safe. Praying, praying!

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  51. Sending all love strength and hope xxx

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  52. Sending good thoughts your way, to all those searching in Montana, and especially Sherry.

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  53. I have been thinking about her since I read it here yesterday. I have been praying, and checking the Internet, hoping to read a happy news.

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  54. My positive thoughts are with you and yours. I tend to think of myself as superwoman, this reminds me otherwise. I hope she is found soon, safe and sound.

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  55. I am praying for Sherry's safe return; and I'm keeping you in my thoughts! I'm in CA but I shared the story on my FB --- just in case anyone knows anything.

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  56. Definitely keeping her and her family and friends in my prayers.

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  57. She and her family and friends are in my prayers. I pray that she is safe and sound and will be home soon.

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  58. I came here hoping for good news..
    Beth I cannot imagine how horrible this is for you who know her. I have been thinking about her since I read your post on FB/ I cannot put her out of my mind. It breaks my heart thinking about her kids and family and friends and also thinking about HER. I pray for a good ending to this nightmare.

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  59. i have truly continued to pray since i saw your post yesterday. i hope she is home safe soon

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  60. I am remaining hopeful for a happy ending too. I am running fearlessly tonight in her honor! My prayers are with your family, Beth.

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  61. So sad about this. My town had a 19 year old runner disappear 10 years ago today, it's so hard to believe it when it's near you or when it's someone you love or know!
    I'm praying for Sherry and you both!!!

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  62. She is in my prayers as is her family and her community and you. Stay safe out there everyone.

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  63. I am so sorry, will keep her in my thoughts.

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  64. This is horrible :( Keeping her, and you in my thoughts. Praying for safe return.

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  65. Watch dear Lord,
    with those who wake or watch or weep tonight, and give Your angels charge over those who sleep.
    Tend Your sick ones, O Lord Christ,
    rest Your weary ones.
    Bless Your dying ones
    Soothe Your suffering ones.
    Pity Your afflicted ones
    Shield Your joyous ones
    And all for Your love's sake.
    Prayer from St Augustine

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  66. Ever since I saw your first post I have been praying for her. It's so hard to feel helpless - thinking of you.

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  67. I will keep Sherry in my thoughts and prayers for a safe return home. Please keep us updated?

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  68. I must of checked your blog and online news 100 times today hoping for good news. I'm sending prayers and hope to you and your family in Montana.

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  69. I am keeping her and her family (including YOU) in my prayers. My heart breaks for everyone that is hurting right now. I pray that they find her safe and sound.

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  70. Hoping for Sherry's safe return. Thinking of her, her family and friends. So unfair.....

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  71. Hoping for Sherry's safe return. Thinking of her, her family and friends. So unfair.....

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  72. Hoping for Sherry's safe return. Thinking of her, her family and friends. So unfair.....

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  73. Prayers are headed her way. I really hope this does not end badly!

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  74. Please keep us updated Beth. You sharing here reaches people like me who don't watch tv. Praying for her. Keeping eyes and ears peeled as we all should. Praying.

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  75. I just read this in the news today. I am praying for her and your family.

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  76. Keeping Sherry, you, your family and everyone affected in my thoughts. I hope she is found safe and sound very soon.

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  77. My thoughts are with everyone involved. I'm so sorry and hope for the best.

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  78. I am thinking of Sherry, I am sending as much hope as I can that all is well. My thoughts are with all her family. Stay strong and as positive as you can Beth.

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  79. Stopping to pray right now. For Sherry, for you, for her family and for all us ladies who run outdoors. We're all in this sisterhood of runners. When these things happen it affects us all.

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  80. Still praying. Was she wearing her GPS? Where was its last transmission? Surely, whatever website it's linked to will cooperate in cases like this. Still praying. Stay strong. Please please please keep us posted.

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  81. Ohmygoodness, how scary! I'll be praying for her safe return... and for all of you who know her. I can't imagine what her family and friends are experiencing...these stories aren't supposed to happen to people we know!

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  82. Since no update, I sadly presume there has been no additional news to report. I am just so sad about this for you and Sherry's family and friends. WHY? WHO? HOW? So many questions... Please know we send prays you get good answers soon.

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  83. Keeping her and the family in my prayers.

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  84. All this positivie energy just has to bring good results. Keeping Sherry and you in my thoughts and heart. I pray for her safe return.

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  85. My eyes fill up just reading about this...my God. My prayers are with you and your family...and her and her family. What a terrible thing...

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  86. I keep checking back to see if there is any good news. I'll keep praying for her.

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  87. Beth, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family for sherry to be safe and return home.

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  88. Sherry was first and foremost in my thoughts this morning when I woke up. Prayers for her safety.

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  89. My thoughts and prayers are with Sherry.

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  90. *hug* Keeping your family in my thoughts.

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