What words are there when no one knows what to say?
Someone will always crack a comment. One that will sting.
Someone will remark with something unfeeling, heartless, or even just plain apathetic.
Someone will try to be sympathetic, but fail to say what everyone is wanting to hear.
Another will see it as an opportunity to preach about how we don’t know our hour, and we need Jesus – when we don’t even know if the one we’ve all come to mourn made it to heaven.
Maybe no one will cry.
Maybe no one will even remember.
But regardless, it will effect all of us the same way.
What makes people so hateful? What makes them hurt so much that they take it out on each other? What makes them think they are any better than the one that sits next to them in class? If we all live, we all hurt.
But we don’t all deal with it the same way.
Little girl, I am sorry that it hurt so much that you couldn’t handle it anymore.
I will cry, and I will remember. And I will do what it takes to not let another soul go without knowing that somebody cared.
When life becomes so hard that somebody takes their own life, the blame game is easy to get into.
Blaming yourself for not caring enough.
Others saying they deserved it.
Blaming God for not caring enough to stop it.
Blaming yourself for not doing anything to stop it.
At first the emotion is numb. You don’t know what to feel, you don’t know what to think… all you can do is soak in the shock.
If you’d only known… but how could you?
If you’d only seen… but seen what?
What was the last straw? How many had there been before?
Why do people have to hurt each other so much?
It doesn’t matter now what happened, the point is it did.
What are you going to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again?
There is Love. We must share it with those who hurt.
There is Hope. We must give it to those longing for it.
There is always a way out. Are you willing to be the one who will make a difference?
Jesus said, “There is no greater love than this, that a man would lay down his life for his friends.”
If you call each other friends, how can you lay down your life, so they don’t give up theirs.