The Ripple Effect of Death

Death. Not many people acknowledge its presence. We spend our days ignoring death, trying to put off death, avoiding death. Yet it is all around us.

…outwardly we are wasting away…

Every day obituaries run in the paper. Most days we receive news of our brothers and sisters in arms who have been killed in service. More often than we would like we hear of family members who have passed away. In our media we see death every day, sometimes dozens of deaths in a movie. Gory, slow, and sadistic deaths get R ratings and sell lots of tickets. Video games where you receive points for killing people disturb me.

I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…

We live so close to death that we either hide it just out of sight so that we do not have to think about it, or make it so common that it loses any importance.

I’ve been thinking that every death has a ripple of consequences that we never consider. For every death there are the grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, friends, cousins, co workers, neighborhoods, churches, acquaintances that are all touched.

…for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.  

 When we hear of a car bomb killing 60 people, we can multiply the pain in the lives of so many who were attached to each life. 60 parents, 60 brothers and sisters, 60 friends … and that’s just the beginning.

I know we can’t dwell on this all the time. But when we hear of deaths, let us remember that one person died – but many people hurt. The ripple effects are much greater than we usually acknowledge.

The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

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