We’re going to get back to the lighthearted fun here at That’s Church later today, but not just yet, because it’s hard sometimes for me to be lighthearted and fun when there’s so much damn suffering going on, you know?
Sometimes when I read tragic local stories and I’m about to write a lighthearted post, I think to myself, “Gosh, I hope no one associated with that tragedy reads my blog because if I were them, it would make me irrationally angry that there are people out there being lighthearted and fun and smiling and laughing when my world has completely crashed down around me.” Honestly, if tragedy ever struck my family, and God forbid, the SUN DARED TO SHINE THAT DAY?! Rage.
So, before we get back to the laughs, I wanted to be sure you guys went and read Lisa Styles’ obituary, because she deserves that much from us. It’s not enough to just get mad at the kid who snatched her away from her family, shake our fists angrily at him, and then go on. That’s a disservice to the life Lisa lived for 36 years. And when you, like me, start thinking about what this kid did and you start getting angry and you start wondering what the future will hold if people like that are indeed our future, remind yourself that there are some incredible people in their 20s who are choosing to risk their lives for us, and in some cases giving it up for us. Young men like Joseph Caskey.
Lisa’s husband Brett emailed me. He wrote, “I know that there’s a lot of anger about the accident involving my wife. But rather than concentrating on that, know that she was the best person I ever met.”
Just for a while, put your anger away and go read about what a wonderful, educated, giving mother, friend and wife she was, so that her death is not all about HOW she died, but how she lived until she died.
Joseph and Lisa are both the next Awesome Burghers. May their tragic deaths not trump their lives.