Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Bloggers Recover together: one year after July 7.

My Way News has the story here.

Witness the sorrow:

(British Rachel North, a survivor from the July 7 London bombings poses for a photographer in central London Wednesday June 28, 2006, one week ahead of the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the British capitol. North, a 35-year-old advertising executive, has become a reluctant figurehead. She has drawn 150,000 readers to her online journal, which described the horror of the blast on a Piccadilly line carriage that killed 25 passengers. (AP Photo/Christopher Pledger))
Bloodied and bewildered strangers led each other from the wreckage of the London bombings last July 7. A year later, many of them have forged close bonds - sharing their experiences in a network of blogs.

Dozens of the 700 injured in the train and bus blasts have recounted their stories online and are using them to press the British government for a full public inquiry.

Advertising executive Rachel North, 35, has become a reluctant figurehead, drawing 150,000 readers to her online journal, which described the horror of the blast on a Piccadilly line carriage that killed 25 passengers.

As she rode the subway just six feet away from 19-year-old suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay, North already was recalling an earlier trauma: reading a newly published magazine article about her rape in 2002, when a teenage assailant tied a wire noose around her neck and beat her unconscious.

North suffered only minor wounds in the bombing and returned home within hours. Unable to sleep, she posted a message on an Internet forum, describing the sickening feeling of the new attack.

"Clouds of choking smoke filled the tube carriage ... I thought I was about to die, or was dead," she wrote. "There was silence for 10 secs. Then a terrible screaming."

"In 2002, when I was first attacked, I'd found reading the experiences of others who'd gone through the same thing helped, so I wanted to get my experience out," North told The Associated Press in an interview.

"It was cathartic for me, but I also hoped it would be read by those struggling with shock."

Soon after her first post, North was contacted by a survivor who had already taken the difficult first step of returning to London's Underground. A day later, nauseous and shaking with fear, North returned to the subway and, by chance, met a third anxious survivor.

From those meetings grew King's Cross United - a network of 110 victims of Lindsay's bomb, including members from Spain, Turkey and Singapore - who trade advice on a Web site and meet in person.
They endured the horrors of the July 7 bombings alone. They recover from the together.

That's a lesson we can all continue to learn.

That's why we're Church, after all.

We sinned against God, ourselves and those in our lives all on our own. We recover from those sins, and from the devestations they caused, when we repent and rejoin God and our neighbors. In other words, when we're sick to the point of death, it's time to head to the hospital. That's what we are as Church together. We're in the hospital to heal. Christ is the physician that treats us.

And the funny thing is, Church works the same way when we're sinned against. Shattered by those sins others commit against us, we can drown alone in our bitterness, resentment and pain. Or we can forgive. It's easier to forgive when we do it united with our Savior. In other words, when we're under the Physicians care, we act healthier.

Rachel North and her peers gathered together to heal from the horrors they experienced. Let's follow their example as we unite together with each other and our Savior.