The year 2018 is only 40 days old and tragedy has already struck several times in Macon Georgia. A tragedy is never categorized so to say one death is more tragic than another wouldn’t be the thing to do. But what sticks out more in the list are the ages of some of the victims. Just in the past week alone, there have been at least two violent deaths which the victims are under the age of 21! That brings the total, and I could be off in my count, three deaths in the Middle Georgia area where the victims of a violent crime are under the age of 21.
But the cycle of pain doesn’t stop at the death of victims of violent crimes.
There are many people caught in the cycle of pain. The suspects. At times we don’t think about them because they are the criminals who caused the pain in the first place. But if we operate the way God intended for us to operate, we look past the title of the suspect or criminal and see a dying soul. A soul that will suffer eternal death if the one who took someone’s life unnecessarily doesn’t repent. Here is a list of those caught in the “Cycle of Pain”:
- Fathers – I watched a news clip on our local television station and saw a bond hearing of one of the young people involved in one of the deaths. I saw a man who appeared to be the father hang his head in shame, or he was weeping. This father of the suspect has to live out his days knowing his son is responsible for killing someone.
- Mothers – We all know that a mother’s love can’t be matched by anyone else except Christ Himself. So when she is notified her child is dead or someone has killed her child, the love she has for her baby nearly kills her too. Now she has to live out the rest of her days with the pain of burying her baby when she has an insurance policy so her baby can have enough money to bury her.
- Siblings – Sisters and brothers are devastated because now the one they shared a bedroom with, ate with, watched TV with, played video games with and argued with won’t be around anymore.
- Grandfathers, grandmothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, teachers and friends. Everyone in the village suffers right along with the mother and father.
Let’s do some math right here: A young man has been gunned down on the street and dies. And this young man has a father, mother, two sisters a younger brother, a living grandfather and grandmother, two uncles and four aunts. Surely the young man is dead, but there are 13 more people slowly dying on the inside because someone they love is gone! And we haven’t even counted nonfamily members who loved the one killed. So you see. The pain starts when a loved one is lost because of violence and the cycle keeps on going until healing takes place.
The healing that’s needed comes through Christ and I pray nearly every day for the people who have had to bury their children. I don’t know how they feel because I haven’t experienced the pain. But I know who knows how they feel and He’s my Savior Jesus. It is my prayer that He comforts and gives strength to everyone who is affected by violent crimes.