I debated about whether or not to post at all in such a time as the one in which we find ourselves. But when I thought about this illustration, I had to post.

You may wonder what this is all about. Mel Blanc provided the voice of many, many Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters (Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, etc.). Consequently, he was known as the man of a thousand voices. After his passing, this illustration was done as a tribute. The title was perfectly chosen. And it describes how I feel these days. Maybe you feel the same. I would add outraged, full of grief, sad, overwhelmed, and struggling to the mix as well in the wake of recent events. Yet in these speechless days, I take comfort in these words:

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me . . . to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. Isaiah 61:1-3

Illustration found on Pinterest.

36 thoughts on “Speechless

  1. Hope you and all of your family and friends are safe, Linda.
    Hoping the calm that follows the storm arrives soon, and with it much hope for the future.

  2. In the midst of this very noisy and sad time, I do appreciate a moment of speechlessness, and also those beautiful, comforting words from Isaiah. Thanks.

  3. Thank you for sharing this, Linda. I had such hope when Obama was president, that our country had turned a corner, matured, saw the humanity in everyone and celebrated it. I still believe the majority of people do believe and respect humanity, but maybe we were too complacent, too confident that we were moving forward and never would such horrific abuses of humankind occur again. Maybe we were too naive. And when I say “we,” I’m thinking of white people, people who can go about their business without any concern that the color of their skin might cause them to treated suspiciously or worse. I don’t pray, not really, but I hope. I hope these protests move us to where we need to go, no matter how uncomfortable it might be for some. Our country still has so much to learn and so much growing — in heart and spirit — to do.

  4. Amen and bless you, my blogging friend. Thank you for posting this. I feel much the same and 9 days late to reading this, even more so. The verse is perfect for these times. Peace.

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