I don't want to write this, and yet I must. My older son's friend and former housemate, a young man just graduated from college, died on Friday night. He took his own life.
If only there were a way to take the night back, to undo those awful moments. It should not be, and yet it is, and these young men who knew him and loved him mourn in shocked disbelief. How could he do it? What was happening inside him that they did not know, or could not know, or could not help? And what must his mother feel? Dear God, be at her side.
Rest eternal grant him, O Lord. May light perpetual shine on him. In your kingdom keep him safe Give him peace. Comfort those who mourn. Help them to carry him in their hearts, warm and sad, in the years to come.