Grammar Checking Suicide
SomeÂ punctuate life with a consistent and steadyÂ .
Some complete their lives bungee jumping with expression !
Others leave us guessingÂ at their purposeÂ Â ?
But you went out with a ;
An incomplete sentence that can Â no longer be edited.
Karisa, did you mean “no” longer be edited? If that is what you meant, then perhaps it might be more healing for you to view that differently. How about: “You went with a; which left me questions I couldn’t answer, but I trust God will answer for me in His infinite wisdom. I just need to be patient and listen for the answer”. Please don’t think I am treating suicide lightly; it’s horrendous and I only want to help ease your pain.
Irony is sweet. 😉 Yes, I absolutely meant for a no to be in there. As far as the questions, I am curious as to what they are.
Not to be insensitive, but I wasn’t sure whether your question was rhetorical. But if it wasn’t surely one of the questions might be “why?” “Why did he leave us this way?” “How do we deal with the pain?” “How did we not see this coming?” “How could we have prevented it happening?” You may have moved past this and there might be other questions that you are “curious as to what they are.” I hope the Lord in His mercy continues to sustain you while you figure this out. I hope that in my attempt to show compassion, I have not been too presumptuous. Love, Marie
I rarely take things as insensitive. Suicide is a messy subject and therefore our discussions will feel like they have lots of loose strings. But, if we are ever to unravel the enemy’s depression schemes we have to begin pulling the threads. I am grateful for your engagement.
The irony of the semi colon is that Jonathan’s story had so much more to be written. There were opportunities to edit the hard things, if he had not ended with an incomplete sentence. I, however, must continue my story. That is the difficult tension when suicide takes a life. Life of others must go on.
I encourage others to complete their story, no matter the final punctuation and the ; is a reminder to do so. I do have questions, but the ones you describe are now to the left of the semi-colon. I cannot undo anything that was done before Jonathan’s semi-colon. I can only edit in the now, completing my own story. My questions are how my son’s death fits into God’s greater plan for mankind, and how I can kneel and surrender to His perfect will.
He left his sentence incomplete, but we can complete our story.