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Listen To The Cry of A Silent Victim

I’m going off subject again today.
My mind’s scattered. Thoughts are all over the place.
I woke to some disturbing news the other day
And have not been able to sleep or shake it all week.
I tried to put it in the back of my mind, but something is not letting me.

It keeps surfacing in my thoughts so I must release it to clear my head.
Things like this cannot be left unsaid.

My heart is heavy laden.
An innocent teenager took his life the other day.
He sent a message on a well-known social media platform
Earlier that morning, that same day
No one paid attention.
All I could do was pray.

He posted a goodbye in the wee hours of the morning.
So it definitely was not a time during heavy traffic where it could not be noticed.
Sadly, there were many clicks on “likes” by his friends.
I’m confused. Why didn’t anyone see the warning signs then?

He seemed uneasy and restless. He blamed himself for the mess.
He apologized before whatever was planned by him to happen
Clearly during his time of distress.
He seemed unhappy, as tears welled in my eyes.
Then he ended the post and said goodbye.

My heart sank. Tears of sorrow filled my face as I cried.
It took all the strength I had to accept what I knew already happened. He died.
I know he either had parents or someone who cared about him
That could have been notified.
This child was clearly crying out for help before he took his life and died.

Social media has a massive process of notification for everything:
Mentions, promotional ads, retweets, even notice of ones who are trending.
Even more disturbing is how easy it is
For officials to track and catch potential culprits in a place like this.

But when it comes to things like this, sadly there’s no app for it.
Why isn’t there an alert to track key words of potential suicide victims?
Who may connect to lines to aid in suicide prevention?

My prayers are with this young man’s family.
My heart aches and is torn in pieces.
It hurts tremendously.
Words cannot express the sadness or pain I feel.
I pray for peace, comfort, strength; that his family may be healed.

While I cannot blame social media for the events that have occurred,
I can only hope that in the same way we use social media to spread the word.
Not only of events that matter most to us,
But place a greater significance on things such as this that should disturb us.

Not that we may find recognition or potential success.
But because it is imperative we find a way to take notice of things such as this.
In the hopes we may help save a life.
Assured it is not remiss but will help because of our sacrifice.

This child’s life may have been saved
Had someone taken responsibly and taken the time to carefully read his words
And took heed to his warning.
Instead of ignoring and acknowledging his effort by clicking “likes,”
When he silently cried out for help before ending his life.

Suicide is a serious issue oftentimes I feel we fail at recognizing; miserably.
We don’t take it seriously.
We ignore the warning signs after it’s too late.
If only someone will only listen to the cry of a silent victim before it is too late.

Let this be an example of what we can do
As a society to rightfully help potential suicide victims make it through,
In a platform that gets the most attention.
Use social media to your advantage, to get the right attention.

If we take heed to the warning signs when it comes to saving a life.
We can be the person that may help save a life.
Know that a cry out for help clearly calls for our attention.
Let social media not be just to gain potential followers,
But alert anyone that will listen.
Listen to the cry of a silent victim.

Thank you for listening. -JD

For more information on how you can help someone who may be suicidal on social media, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/Online.

God, I know you’re listening.
Please hear my prayers as I pray.
For the family and friends of those
that lost a loved one today.

Comfort them in their time of need.
Restore whatever strength they may have lost.
Help the family find peace.
Give them hope for tomorrow.
Assure them all is not lost.

God, I know the pain may be unbearable.
And it may be hard for them to overcome.
But I know you can and will help them get through this.
No matter how hard it may be for them. Let your will be done.

To be absent with the body is to be present with the Father.
Though, they will be sorely missed.
Bring the family to a place where they can receive joy in knowing this.
And understand they are in a better place and is no longer in pain.
They don’t have to cry another tear or feel sorrow ever again.

God may the family find rest in your arms.
Hold them safely in your hands.
Handle them with care.
Comfort them as only I know you can.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

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Power Of The Mind

The mind can be like a merry-go-round
Thoughts going round and round
Clouding your judgment on things you think should be
Based on what you see.

Too often we want things to happen right now.
Forgetting everything will happen in God’s time.
We must learn to keep God first
Let him do his work.

If you keep your mind stayed on Jesus
In and out of season.
He will send the right thoughts
That will make you say, “Devil get outta my way.”

Yes, it’s easier said than done.
Especially when the mind is overcome
With mindless chatter convincing you to run… away.
But God says. “Stay.”

“Don’t get weary in well-doing.
Don’t give up.
For at the right time your harvest will come.
Trust me, ‘I AM that I AM.’
My word stands.”

Please know this message is not just for you.
But it’s for me too
Because I, too, am going through.
I’m not exempt but I’ve learned
I’m safe in his arms.

Yesterday was a prime example.
A day of all days.
When nothing seemed like it was going my way.
But every time the devil came at me
I said “Flee! You have no authority.”

I can’t worry about things I can’t control.
I’ve learned to trust God in the midst of it all.
Now don’t get it twisted.
It didn’t happen right away.
Every time thoughts tried to enter my mind,
I’d push them away.

Saying to myself, “God I know you’ll meet every need.”
It’s just a trick of the enemy
Trying to make me believe, you’re not there for me.
I know better. I’ve been through worse.
You took away the hurt.

You set my mind at ease.
You gave me peace.
This situation’s only temporary.
Not what my eyes see.
My faith is the size of a mustard seed.

If God can do it for me, he can do it for you too.
But your heart has to be true.
You must believe God and not what your mind is telling you.

Don’t let your idle mind be the devil’s playground.
Turn your thoughts around.
Next time the devil comes to play.
Let God work and have his way.

I’ll leave you with this:

John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you”

Goodnight, until tomorrow comes. Pray for me. I’ll pray for you. That God’s will be done. May the Lord bless you and keep you. #AMEN

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