“Enough! These are OUR kids. We’re putting our foot down: ENOUGH!”
This was the impassioned plea of my friend this morning as a group of us gathered to pray for the youth and children in the community.
Youth and children who have had to endure so much pain and suffering in these last few months.
Youth and children who have had to deal with issues that even adults find overwhelming.
Youth and children who have been harassed, tormented, and taunted by an enemy who is actively seeking to steal, kill, and destroy them.
And we say ENOUGH!
Four months ago this community lost a 19-year-old young man to a car crash. Although we did not personally know the boy, our hearts broke for his family and friends, and we surrounded the youth and walked with them during the darkness.
Two months ago this community lost a 14-year-old girl to an asthma attack. Again, our hearts broke for her family and friends. And again, we surrounded the youth and walked with them during the darkness.
And then just this week it happened again.
On Tuesday morning my husband called and said, “I’m heading up to Mark and Kari’s house. It’s Kyle. It’s the worst.”
Precious 14-year-old Kyle had chosen to take his own life.
And so now we are walking with our dear friends through this seemingly unbearable darkness. Until this week I never fully understood the concept of crippling grief.
Now I do.
But I still have hope. I still have hope because I see light in the darkness.
As the youth in this community gathered on Wednesday night they heard the message of love, acceptance, and forgiveness in Jesus. They wept together, prayed together, and five young people chose to put their faith in Jesus for the very first time that night.
As the entire community gathered on Friday to honor Kyle’s life, they also heard the message of love, acceptance, and forgiveness in Jesus. And two other young people chose to put their faith in Jesus for the very first time.
Seven lives eternally changed.
Seven lives that will one day be reunited in Heaven with Keith, Bria, and Kyle.
Light in the darkness.
And so this morning a community of believers gathered together to say we’ve had enough darkness. The enemy has no place in this town, and we will fight for our kids.
And we know.
We know that Ephesians 6:12 is true –that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
And so we pray.
We pray, we pray again, and we pray some more.
We pray against depression. We pray against hate.
We pray against torment.
We pray that these precious kids will realize they were created for a reason. We pray that they will know they are infinitely valuable.
And we pray that they will understand that they are loved more deeply than they can ever imagine.
No matter who they are.
No matter what they’ve done.
They are loved. They are not alone.
Dear readers, I urge you to stand for the kids in your own community. Gather together and say ENOUGH!
Enough of the enemy trying to destroy this entire generation. Enough of the lies from the pits of hell screaming at our kids.
Please. Please fight for your kids. Because the battle is real and the darkness is bitter.
And the time to put your foot down is now.
See you soon.