Today, an acquaintance of mine passed away. I would emphasize acquaintance because we were never really friends. She was someone I met a few times in a year in church. Now, the question whether we could have been friends would be unanswered.
I was never a regular attendee in church, but whenever I did go, she was there to greet me. She would accompany me and make me feel welcome. She was so active in social media websites, which is why the news really came as a shock to me.
Her death was really unexpected. She was around 22-24 years old. She was raped and killed in her own house at night. Somehow the perpetrators got in her house.
Her death makes me reflect about the world and how truly unsafe it has become. I have always found safety in the home, but because of that incident, are we ever truly safe?
But more importantly, her short life makes me reflect on what is truly important in life. It is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life, but once in a while, we need to stop. We need to talk to people, ask them if they are ok. We need to share our emotions to ease the pain and burden.
Finally, it is sad to see that it is only through death that people come to realize this. Her death reminded me of Jesus’ own death- of how unjust it was. But it is Jesus’ death that we are all able to gain a new life. I know that those who have met her would be able to grow closer to God because of how she lived her life- I know I have.
May you rest in peace for you are with Him. Justice will come in time.