Sunday morning we received deeply disturbing news. A Burleson elementary student committed suicide. He was a young man, just 10 or 11 years old.
We prayed for his family then and have been reminded by one another to pray some more. There are no adequate answers for the difficult questions that arise with this senseless loss of life.
I have a grandson the same age as this young man. I simply can not imagine the pain he clearly experienced. The pain his family now lives with is beyond my comprehension.
I have thought a lot about you, the families of Alsbury.
Families with sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, granddaughters and grandsons, and nieces and nephews. The faces of your precious little ones cross my mind as I reflect and pray.
Make your family your first priority when balancing all of the activities of a busy life. Say “no” to some things in order to say “yes” to one thing: time together as a family.
Build trust with your children.
Assure them that their well-being is primary to you.
Tell them often how much you love them.
More importantly, show them how much you love them by fiercely guarding your time together.
It takes time for people to feel safe enough to share their greatest challenges. Your home must be a safe place; a place where people know they are cherished and valued exactly as they are. A place where unconditional love is not a fancy phrase but a lived-our value.
I wish I could have told this young man that bullies and mean-spirited people are broken people who want others to hurt, too. I would have said, “Hurt people hurt people.” I would have been his friend and told him of all God had planned for him and his future.
I will tell these things to your children and to each of my grandkids. I hope you will, too.
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