I am really struggling with my faith today,
A boy near us has killed himself
He was only young, with everything to live for,
but he just couldn’t face life anymore.
Everyone is shocked and appalled,
people saw him just a few hours before
Laughing and making jokes
and now he’s gone
I don’t think it’s a sin, just a crying shame –
and where were you?
Young people are under so much pressure these days
Exams, tests, relationships, hormones, sexuality, money, debt
Career choices, making the move to independence
Sometimes it can all feel overwhelming.
But perhaps I am asking the wrong question,
maybe the question should be
Where was I?
Did he know that, as well as his parents and friends,
there were people who loved and cared about him?
Did he know that there were people he could talk honestly to
without fear of judgement or condemnation?
Were there other adults who would patiently and lovingly
Guide him through the difficult path of life?
Not by telling him what to do, but helping him identify
His own inner vision and helping him live his own dream with integrity.
How many other young people today are thinking of giving it all away?
Help me to be more loving and understanding to those who are struggling
to make sense of life, to cope with their own mistakes and fears
Help me to be there when I am needed
Not to judge and to tell others how to live their lives
But to listen and love,
most of all to love.