January 25, 2014

The development of spiritual insight requires a persistent diminishment and distillation of self. In our process of becoming, it is the challenges that most often promote growth. I really want to find a way of reaching the point of stretch and change through joy. Such a better alternative if I could only figure out how.

I realize that the point where you collapse and break is a powerful place where expectations are shattered and discarded and so all things become possible. If you reconfigure your very being and allow transformation to occur. The effort of the struggle “strengthens” us in a way.

Our family’s exceptional challenges require and demand exceptional responses. We soldier on a secure in knowing that we are always given the tools to succeed in every place we find ourselves. The trick is to recognize, accept, and use them.

Spirit becomes most evident when more life can’t be managed. In those sharp times, in that dark place, germinates a fragile surrender; and with acceptance, solace.


8 Responses to “Gil Harrington’s Thoughts on January 25, 2014 – 4th Anniversary of Morgan’s Body Being Found”

  1. Ligia says:

    Does my heart good to see you reference joy in your email. Hard to imagine when you have experienced a loss so great. I still feel guilty when I feel joy now that my father and brother have passed…..but I know they would want that in my life daily. Praying for peace for each of you….for more joy than you ever imagined as well. God be with you.

  2. Lisa Stewart says:

    Mr. and Mrs. Harrington,

    I saw Morgan’s story on Discovery and I want to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Morgan was obviously a beautiful person, inside and outside. As I watched the episode, I was amazed at the calm and peace in your voices during the interview segments. May God bless you with peace and I will pray Morgan’s killer is soon found.

    Lisa Stewart – Huntsville, AL

  3. We live in Dublin, Ireland and we’ve just finished watching TV programme about Morgan’s death & there’s not a dry eye in our house this moment.
    As parents ourselves, we just felt we had to contact you to offer our sympathy and moral support to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest assure we will offer our prayers and have a mass/service for Morgan and your family … The school you have sponsored for those kids will always keep her memory alive forever, bless you all.
    I pray you find peace

    Jimmy & Barbara-Ann

  4. Laurie oh says:

    Your family is in my prayers. Recently I had prayed for some type of relief for your daughters case as well as several other missing girls. Brittany Drexel, Lauren Spierer, Jennifer Kesse, Holly Bobo and your daughter Morgan. I woke to news this morning that someone had been arrested in Holly Bobo’s case. I will continue to send prayers in the hopes that you also will get some kind of answer for Morgan’s case.

  5. Alper Ömer ESİN says:


    I’m writing from Türkiye. We have watched beautiful Morgan’s story on investigation discovery channel yesterday. I’m also a metal music fan. I’m so sorry for Your loss.

  6. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your Webposts. Such a talented and thoughtful writer you are! Throughout the years I have followed the criminal case as have many others hoping for the case to be solved. I had to post the following information (I didn’t know where to do so but feel compelled to do it, although you have probably already heard about the goings-on in Frederick County, Maryland): there have been a few “almost-attacks” on young women in a Walkersville park (12 miles out of Frederick). I do not mean to be insensitive by posting this, but one never knows. I know one day the perpetrator of this senseless, heartless crime will be caught.

  7. Gina says:

    Leave no stone unturned. The above post may be just the lead you need. I remember the Manson murders when I was in my early 20’s. I was reading the newspaper in my parents’ kitchen and that story was always front page news. Then, I noticed a small, innocuous article about some hippies found squatting on a farm. The story tells itself. Seemingly unconnected, but struck me as very, very odd at the time and I wondered about a possible connection.
    Also, I just found out that CODIS was formed because of a mother who may have been abducted by the people who killed 3 people in a robbery gone wrong across from her home in Bogota, NJ right near my college a few towns away from me. Her name was Patricia Viola. Good can ALWAYS come out of evil. Her partial remains were found on a beach about 10 years before she was identified. I am still praying for your family.

  8. Colette says:

    I’ve followed your family since the day Morgan disappeared. I’ve never forgotten you, never forgotten Morgan. Someday….never lose hope….so many are with you in spirit and prayer to bring her killer to justice and give you some peace. I hope you know that many others journey with you, in prayer and supplication. Morgans story touched me in a profound way, and Jil, your courage and the way you express your life since losing Morgan inspires in a transcendental way. I continue to pray for you and your family.

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