Since the very recent suicide of Rick Warren’s son, I have been reflecting a lot on the question of mortality and brokenness. I have never met Rick or his son but hearing this sad story was just another reminder that life is fragile. If you don’t know what happened, in short, Rick’s son suffered from depression and thoughts of suicide throughout his life. A report described him as a very empathetic and sweet young man. He was 27 just as I currently am. Rick had tried all sorts of ways to deal with his son’s depression.
Broken people inhabit this world with one major thing in common, we will all die. It is a hard thought to fathom that one day each of us will face certain death. After the fear of public speaking, the second most common fear is death. People deal with this reality in very different ways. Mostly unhealthy ways that hasten their own demise. So how do you deal with this?
Looking back I have created memorial videos for four people so far. Leslie Wright, Moishe Rosen, Stan Telchin, and Jhan Moskowitz. For Moishe and Stan I knew and they knew in advance that their time was coming to an end and I even communicated with Moishe about his video before he passed. Leslie and Jhan were much different stories. No one but God knew it was time for them to go home. Leslie was walking in a parking lot after church and got bumped by follow churchgoer at less than 10 mph and she fell and hit her head which caused bleeding that could not be stopped. Similarly, Jhan fell on the stairs of a subway entrance and hit his head. Ironically, just a few years earlier I was sitting with Jhan during Moishe’s one year memorial and we watched the video I made for Moishe. Jhan turned to me and said, when you make mine I want you to make it cinematic with some Johnny Cash or Dylan. I used the Coldplay cover of Johnny Cash’s “Till Kingdom Come” I felt this song reflected Jhan’s life with Jesus perfectly. See the video here
Tragedy, brokenness, death, these things are a part of this world. Ready or not we still have to deal with it. It is with great hope and expectation that I rely on the promises of God that Jesus will return and wipe away every tear from our eyes. There is no other person in human history that makes this promise. I know I can trust Jesus because he is the only person in human history to come back to life. It is the reason we have faith. Brokenness is not the final destination of those who have put their trust in Jesus. Death has lost its sting, and though pain may last for the night, joy comes in the morning.
Been broken? Lost loved ones? Seen injustice? So have I, and Jesus will redeem all of it. What do you put your faith in?