My DP is a high school English teacher. He deals with troubled students on a daily basis. This morning he arrived at school to find out one of his 10th grade students had taken her own life last evening. Her name, ironically, was Destiny.
Please pray for DP as he shares his heart with his other students when the time is right. Pray for him to have the right words. Pray for him to communicate as best he can within the parameters of a public school system his values and his perspective on the sanctity of human life.
This student wasn't just one of a myriad of nameless faces. She was someone who had an interest in us and our family. She smiled and waved at us from the bus stop many mornings. We went and purchased ice cream from her at Dairy Queen where she worked part time. We even contemplated letting her baby sit our children. She seemed vivacious and a good student. She had a darling little three-year-old sister and a mama who had to work too hard.
Pray today for her family, for her little sister, who may never understand or remember much about her sister beyond photographs and stories told.
None of us can completely understand the mind of another. My heart aches for what brought this sweet, young girl to the point of despair, with no hope for living another day. All I can say is I want to hold my three a little closer today and ensure that they have hope for each and every day.
For my Thanks Tank #55, scroll on down. It seems a little hollow in light of today's news.