Ashes in my church have significant meaning and today November 29, 2012 ashes
signify the loss, for some in my home of Bevier, of a dear friend. To most it was the loss
of a building but to some much, much more.
Today the Black Diamond building is gone. A terrible fire raced through the structure
taking 21 years of restoration with it. The cause of the fire unknown, but the loss very
much felt by the citizens of this small community.
For years citizens of this close knit town have worked tirelessly to preserve a piece
of history. Fundraising for the Black Diamond restoration was as annual as the Bevier
Homecoming. And little by little, their efforts were noticed. Beautifully carved beams
exposed, roof repair, windows replaced, brick walls secured and floors refinished.
Parties, wedding receptions, reunions etc have found happiness within these walls.
Happiness of course, but I have seen pride as well, in the eyes of the people when
walking through the door of this magnificent building. Only pride can bring people
together to accomplish so much. And pride is what will remain.
When I looked at the destroyed building this morning all I could see were visions of
activities that used to surround that building. Christmas is a time when activity was
great. Decorations placed in the huge wonderful windows, was something I looked
forward to each year. The decorations seemed to make the old building breathe again
of the life it must have felt daily.
If I feel such sadness, I can only imagine what the citizens of Bevier older than me
must be feeling. I heard today that many citizens were at the fire last night trying
desperately to save the historical items from the burning building. When I picture that, I
am filled with honor to live in this town. Knowing that the building was in danger, many
risked harm to themselves to save just as much as they could. I'm sure each of them
were thinking of their special memories of this building as they faced the heat and raced
against time.
Now all that is left is ashes and of course memories. What has not burned with the
building is our pride. Somehow, someway, we, the citizens of Bevier will not let this
devastate our future. Bevier has always been a community of strong traditions and the
people of our town will carry on with those same traditions.
Traditions in Bevier are expressed most this time of year. Take a stroll down main
street. Yes, there is a blank spot, but look around our lights are still glowing! Especially
the train. I feel the pride of Bevier oozing from every Christmas light on our beloved
train.
We will rise again from ashes!



Ashes in my church have significant meaning and today November 29, 2012 ashes
signify the loss, for some in my home of Bevier, of a dear friend. To most it was the loss
of a building but to some much, much more.
Today the Black Diamond building is gone. A terrible fire raced through the structure
taking 21 years of restoration with it. The cause of the fire unknown, but the loss very
much felt by the citizens of this small community.
For years citizens of this close knit town have worked tirelessly to preserve a piece
of history. Fundraising for the Black Diamond restoration was as annual as the Bevier
Homecoming. And little by little, their efforts were noticed. Beautifully carved beams
exposed, roof repair, windows replaced, brick walls secured and floors refinished.
Parties, wedding receptions, reunions etc have found happiness within these walls.
Happiness of course, but I have seen pride as well, in the eyes of the people when
walking through the door of this magnificent building. Only pride can bring people
together to accomplish so much. And pride is what will remain.
When I looked at the destroyed building this morning all I could see were visions of
activities that used to surround that building. Christmas is a time when activity was
great. Decorations placed in the huge wonderful windows, was something I looked
forward to each year. The decorations seemed to make the old building breathe again
of the life it must have felt daily.
If I feel such sadness, I can only imagine what the citizens of Bevier older than me
must be feeling. I heard today that many citizens were at the fire last night trying
desperately to save the historical items from the burning building. When I picture that, I
am filled with honor to live in this town. Knowing that the building was in danger, many
risked harm to themselves to save just as much as they could. I'm sure each of them
were thinking of their special memories of this building as they faced the heat and raced
against time.
Now all that is left is ashes and of course memories. What has not burned with the
building is our pride. Somehow, someway, we, the citizens of Bevier will not let this
devastate our future. Bevier has always been a community of strong traditions and the
people of our town will carry on with those same traditions.
Traditions in Bevier are expressed most this time of year. Take a stroll down main
street. Yes, there is a blank spot, but look around our lights are still glowing! Especially
the train. I feel the pride of Bevier oozing from every Christmas light on our beloved
train.
We will rise again from ashes!