We knew this was the day, and the silence in the neighborhood was dark.
As a teen, I fell in love with MC Escher. The unique 3 dimensional design of his work from a flat surface was intriguing – how he made something come out of nowhere – even more, when you learn he carved many designs into wood and stamped them out. The tiny alligators jumping across a book of JOB, which could either be rolling papers, or the ritual words for Jobs Daughters – either way I explored them both, and found ash in each. I loved the puddle of silence, the hands never touching as they drew each other, and yes – the birds of darkness flying into the light, and that is now.
We had to admit there was a killer in our midst today, darkness had flown over the innocence of light, and a soft spoken little girl was now dead. Her only crime was wanting to live. Somewhere tonight, probably not far from where a family mourns, sits a killer with blood that will never come off their soul, dark that it is. This is a reality none of us wanted to show, this is our home and Jessica the innocence of our own, lost to a force that came out of nowhere, stamping away her life. No matter how we pray and hope, the simple truth is the world we live in is an evil and dark place. Evil is here every day and in every way, watching and listening, just waiting for an opportunity.
Our true journey in life like Jessica’s, is to bring light and conquer evil, to bring joy into lives and find hope and beauty as often as we can. We can’t let good fail, even when we are beaten down and emotionally battered. Yes, the sad truth is evil has the upper hand, we are the squatters, we are the small voices, which only Horton might hear and say “who?” However, it is that who, like Jessica once was, we must be strong for, to face the darkness and refuse to let the light go out.
Darkness cannot win.
Tonight, along with a killer and an emotionally devastated family is someone who knows something. A something they may be afraid of, unaware of its value or just wanting to be left alone in the safety of their fear – in the dark. But staying in the dark will only insure one less light is seen, and evil will continue to grow strong.
Our journey is unknown, there are obstacles around every corner, but with the light in our soul we are able to make our way, and help those we encounter. Never miss the chance to make a difference, let your light shine, and keep even a small piece of darkness away. It is why we are here – It is what we must do, and it is the only hope for our world.
If you know anything about the horrific murder of Jessica Ridgeway PLEASE speak up. Contact the Westminster Police Department or your own law Enforcement Agency!