Pastor preaches love, kindness and grace in wake of Meg Menzies death

Meg Menzies, 34, of Ashland.

Meg Menzies, 34, of Ashland.

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) –  Meg Menzies will be laid to rest Friday morning following a service at Cool Spring Baptist Church in Hanover County.

Menzies, a mother of three and wife of an Ashland police officer, was killed Monday while on a morning run. Police arrested a Hanover doctor accused of hitting Menzies with his 2008 Toyota Sequoia. Dr. Michael J. Carlson, 47, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and D.U.I.

Cool Spring Baptist Church pastor Brad Hoffmann will lead Friday’s service. This week he offered advice to help those dealing with the tragedy.

“I don’t have any answers to the whys. I wish I did.  All I can do is perhaps point to the ‘how’ are we going to walk through the next few days and weeks,” Pastor Hoffman wrote on his website.

Included on Pastor Hoffman’s “short list” were:

  • Invest in loving those closest to the tragedy. Acts of kindness and grace are always appreciated.
  • Be present. Neither family needs our advice, just our presence. In fact, we really don’t know what to say. Sometimes just being present in the quiet room is all that needs to be said.
  • Don’t assume; act instead
  • Don’t judge; extend mercy.

Menzies‘ sudden death has prompted an outpouring of support from around the world.

Sixty thousand people have signed up to take part in a Meg’s Miles run or walk this weekend.

“As an avid runner, member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, and Boston marathoner, she was a member of the running family nationwide. In her honor, our hope is to raise awareness of drunk driving, texting and driving, and overall safety of runners and cyclists everywhere,” a message on the Meg’s Miles Facebook page read.

“This Saturday, January 18, 2014, no matter what your distance, run for Meg. Take in the fresh air, be aware of your surroundings, keep your headphones on low, feel the heaviness in your lungs, the soreness in your legs, and be grateful for it–for all of it. The sweat, the pain, the wind, the cold…everything. Be grateful for that moment,” the post continued.

The page encouraged runners to tweet, Instagram and post running photos using the hashtag #megsmiles.

“It’s not a coincidence the hashtag reads either ‘Meg’s Miles’ or ‘Meg Smiles.’ She will be smiling on all of us forevermore,” the post read.

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