But it seems not everyone got the message.
A young man in our community died. Two in the past week in fact. One, a college student, was shot in a robbery gone bad. The other, a 13 year old boy, died in a freak accident. Their families are hurting.
We are naturally curious. But speculation about exactly what happened is not helpful. If you are texting or calling around to find out exactly what happened you are gossiping. Stop it! Stop it!
Just stop it!
So, you want to know the gritty details about their deaths? How will knowing details change the fact that two families are grieving?
You want to know so you can tell everyone else? How will knowing details help the families?
Does it make you feel important to be the one “in the know”? Are you so self-centered that you think you need to know details so you can tell everyone else?
Or do you really think if you know the details you can keep tragedy from striking your family? While these parents couldn’t protect their kid, if you know the details you can protect yours?
What exactly happened? I’ll tell you.
Two young men died. Two mothers were told their sons are dead. Two families are planning funerals and picking out caskets. Two families are broken-hearted today and in need of love and respect.
Two families need us to love them and pray for them.
Instead of spending time and energy gossiping, pray.
Buy them a gift card to an area restaurant so they can feed their families.
Offer to mow their lawn.
If you know them well, offer to clean their laundry or take their other kids to do something fun, something normal.
Send them a card telling them how amazing their sons were.
Go to the funeral and show respect.
Send them a photo and a story about a time you spent with their son.
Love them. Love them well.
And stop spreading gossip!
Just stop it!!!
(Note: I don’t have an issue with you being naturally curious. I do have an issue with posting and talking and speculating about things you do not know.)