About a month ago I wrote a blog post entitled Enough. The post resonated with many people, all around the world.
When Kyle’s family read the post, his uncle said, “We need to do something more. What can we do?”
And then they figured it out. Shirts. They would do shirts.
With the help of generous donors, Kyle’s family had a shirt made up for every single student and staff member at our High School.
The message on the shirt? Simple: ENOUGH
So today, the one-month anniversary of Kyle’s passing, Kyle’s mom was at the school, handing them out.
The end result was a beautiful sea of orange, a visual reminder that these kids are loved, and that we will fight for them.
There are extra shirts available in sizes L, XL, and XXL. If you would like to have one, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the condensed version of the post that inspired the shirt. The original post can be found here.
“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. 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 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. Now we are walking with our dear friends through this seemingly unbearable 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. We 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.
See you soon.