THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS have been getting a bad rap lately.
Commentators are trashing them as over-used, empty and meaningless.
They’re referring to the sympathies offered by politicians when a large number of people die in a natural disaster, act of terrorism or mass shooting, the ones that are sent out to the families of the victims over social media or in official statements.
One of my fellow columnists recently compared them to pixie dust.
But what about when a single life is lost and doesn’t make the news? What about thoughts and prayers then?
Are condolences in general out of style?
Here’s what I think.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.