The Sun rises and the sun sets....

Yesterday I attended the funeral of one of my former students, he was only 14 years old and just started his first year of high school.  When I received the news - it shocked me and I honestly haven't been ok since.

I was uprooted from the school I felt most comfortable, sent somewhere new, where I didn't feel valued nor appreciated.  I made connections with some teachers but most importantly I formed bonds with my students.  Lets just say, I made the best of a situation.  But this student, he added value to my life as a counselor and children like him are the reason I keep working.   I was there for him when many others had given up on him and all I truly did was listen and believe him.  I was the only one he respected and the only one he would listen to.  I formed a respectful relationship with his parents and we became his team and advocates because we saw his potential.

But when I received that call Monday morning - I was at a loss for words.  14 years old, no health concerns, no foul play well what happened??? Only God knows.  He simply never woke up.  I am grateful to have met him and his family and to be someone he trusted and respected.

I attended my first Muslim funeral and it was an amazing experience.  I saw their customs, traditions and learned about their faith/religion.  I have a renewed respect for the Muslim religion and I am no longer ignorant to their customs.  I am thankful the leader chose to teach/preach because many of the attendees were not Muslim.

I am at peace because I had the opportunity to impact his life and he had the opportunity to impact mine.
RIP and Gone WAY too soon!


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your former students. . .I imagine that you made as much of an impact on his short life as he did on yours. Since you have developed a good relationship with his parents, certainly keep that up in his memory.


  2. That's so sad. Only God knows.

    We still need Jesus...

  3. Oh my goodness. RIP to that young boy. That is so devastating. It's amazing that a young boy was able to touch your heart in that way. May he rest in peace.

  4. Oh wow... I am sooo sorry to hear this! I never like to hear about death young or old! Bless you and the little boy family! God has called an Angel Home!!!! *GOD BLESS*

  5. I am so sorry to hear about your student, that is hard. It is sunsets like the one you have posted that reminds us of the beauty of the Lord and we have to believe he has a plan and purpose for all of our lives. May God bless you and his family and give you peace.

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  6. This is beautifully written. May the peace of God sustain you during these times. Love you, cuzzo.


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