Finality of Death: Home Town Violence

I hate the finality of death! It’s looming over me like a cloud as it does sometimes. Either there’s been too many dying around me or death is coming. I’ve always had a sixth sense. But, I have always been able to pray and shake this feeling. Not this time. I prayed death wouldn’t come in threes, as the wives tale goes, unfortunately, it did. Even though I did not know them personally, I pray for their families as I would my own. I can only hope someone would do the same for me.

A victim of domestic violence, a good friends mother (nonviolent), two teenagers shot, babies killing babies and even a celebrity is only a fraction of those who succumbed to death this week. Of those, the violent crimes stand out even though they all cause the same pain. Loss. From last nights local shooting, a teenager fights for her life after being shot in the head. Another teen was shot in the leg. The code on the street here, as in many violent crime areas, nobody saw anything.

Is this TRULY the cycle of life now.

Y’all, if you know God, pay attention to your intuition because 9 times out of 10 that’s probably God talking to you. If you feel something is not right in your body or your mind, go to the doctor. Look at it as being helped along by someone/something greater than yourself. If you have medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes, get to know your body, your normal and abnormal levels, and the normal blood pressure for you personally.

Depression is another condition that can creep up and steal everything, including your peace. Do not be afraid to talk to somebody or get the help you need. I like to believe that most people want to do good, they want to help others. But how can you help someone and you can’t help yourself? A lot of people shy away from talking to friends and family because they see that those people are damaged too and aren’t seeking help.

Yet, no one should have to die at the hands of someone who supposed to have loved them. No one parent should have to bury a child gunned down by those who are supposed to protect and serve. No child should be so angry and out in the street that they attempt to kill another child. And know that no one should feel so alone and depressed behind closed doors that they drink or drug themselves to death.

I used to do just that to numb my pain. Thank God I reached out for help. The word therapy scares a lot of people. But there’s nothing better than being able to talk to someone who’s on the outside looking in with fresh eyes and a new, unbiased perspective. When back to back murders occur as they have been, in my home town, you tend to reevaluate your life and be thankful for who you have in it.

I talk a lot about God. But I’ll tell you this, I’d rather live my life according to my God’s will and be wrong than to not live my life according to His will and be right about the Rapture. I think life is too short to argue about religion, politics or anything that you can’t take with you when you die. I’m praying for those who have been affected by violence in our communities here and nationwide. We need you, God. Heal and comfort hearts and minds everywhere.

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11 thoughts on “Finality of Death: Home Town Violence”

  1. Thank you for the post! Such a tough topic, and it’s hard to find the words to describe how I feel about the violence that goes on. The insecurity that follows. The feeling of injustice and the cascading effect. I feel there is an overall justice out there, but for many, it comes much later – sometimes beyond the borders of life. My sorrows let me to be diplomatic, only angry when antagonized, to draw a limit against bullying. Death itself is final for this life, and yet, I was not afraid – only pain makes me frustrated. Intuition tells me there are other paths, a continuum of timeless. Stay strong!


    1. I agree. These kids killing kids don’t realize the finality of death. Once they commit that act, there’s no going back! That person was somebody’s someone, something; a mother and fathers everything. It’s senseless violence. I wish they understood. Thank you for your comment. It’s really got me thinking.

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  2. The words that really resonated with me were, “…pay attention to your intuition because 9 times out of 10 that’s probably God talking to you. If you feel something is not right in your body or your mind, go to the doctor. Look at it as being helped along by someone/something greater than yourself.” I believe we were born with Guardian Angels/Spirit Guides. We are their job and they take that job seriously. What we may be feeling as a 6th sense may be them guiding us to stay alive. Great blog.


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