I stayed up half the night listening to the Ferguson / St Louis County police scanner online as Ferguson erupted into a virtual war zone last night.
Not one minute went by, for hours, where there wasn't a new report of shots fired, or another building or car set afire, or another group of looters entering a building.
While not unexpected, it was sobering.
This morning, numerous innocent business owners, employees, Americans who had nothing to do with the shooting of Michael Brown wake to the loss of property and livelihoods.
It's a miracle no deaths were reported from the events of the past night, though it remains to be seen how much longer this type of activity may continue and how bad things may get.
I pray for calm in our nation. Why must we be our own enemies?
A dear family friend of ours who is mother to 3 natural born children and 5 beautifully adopted children of color shared some of the most eloquent remarks I've read to date on the entire situation on her Facebook page this morning. With her permission, I share those with you here: