I can’t even begin to express the emotion that has been pouring forth. This week I will bury a young woman whose life was senselessly taken away. There are so many stories swirling around about “what happened?” I wish people could remember that there are two families that are devastated. One of the victim and the other the alleged suspect. Two young people. Children in my eyes. The story is still unraveling and so is the speculation. In the end, justice will triumph.
In God’s eyes, his passion for justice is fierce but his compassion and forgiveness are greater. Our young people who were friends of both persons have been steadfast in their devotion to them. Unfortunately, their coping skills can do more damage than good. Cool heads are difficult to prevail.
I have been fortunate enough to spend a little time with Amanda’s parents, Bill and Sandra. They are two very lovely people. Their courage has been incredible but I know that in the next few days the calm that I have witnessed will now turn to outward grief. But this whole family is amazing. They are fortunate to have a very close knit family who will give them the support they need in the days to come.
My suggestion is easy although it will be difficult for some to follow and it is simply this: PRAY! Pray for the repose of the soul of our beloved Amanda. Pray for the family of the accused. Pray for the young people who were their friends. Pray for understanding, forgiveness and kindness. Pray that we will move through this whole event with our faith intact and our trust in humanity be restored. Pray for yourself. Pray for your family. And most importantly, pray and give thanks to God for life!