In light of the fact that I know I’m going through struggles right now, and people I love are going through struggles right now, and people that I don’t really know, but that I know of, are going through struggles right now…I feel this song is appropriate…plus it’s come up all week on my playlist. I’ve always liked this song and it took on a whole new meaning for me a year and a half ago after our kids started, literally, dragging me out of the darkness. And for those of you who don’t know the band HIM, please don’t judge their style, or anything about them at first sight or first lyric, or anything. They are amazing…and while all of their song do not sound like this, some are darker…they are not satanic, so don’t get skeered.
Recently, one of the Jackass crew, Ryan Dunn, was involved in a fatal car accident that claimed his life and the life of another. I don’t know all the details behind it, although I’ve heard a few things about alcohol. Frankly, I don’t give a rats behind about the details. I care that he’s dead. That in an instant, his life was taken, terribly taken…and I pray that he and his friend didn’t suffer. I saw a picture of the car they were driving, nothing about it looked like a car. My heart aches more for his family and friends, I guess, especially his friends, like Bam Margera, Brandon Novak, WeeMan, Steve-O, Johnny Knoxville…all those guys that came together and made something together that was just so crazy to watch but, I, along with a lot of people, loved to just watch. I didn’t know him, I didn’t know anything about him, or any of these guys except what I saw on t.v….but I knew that they loved each other…so my heart aches for them.
We all have times, days, moments, phases, that drag us down into pits of despair that make us feel like we’ll never see the light of day, the light of happiness, the light of God again. It may be brought on by anything, maybe from the earliest times because that’s just how things went as we grew up…shit was just hard to deal with and we kept sinking into an emotional sea of hell. Maybe something happened that rocked our world and sent us into an emotional tailspin. Maybe we had an argument with someone and it put us in a place we didn’t want to be and made us question everything about our hearts, the foundation of ourselves, and our faith…who knows. At any rate…we all go through tragedy, we all go through hell, we all spend time in darkness…for some of us the darkness is darker than for others, but that doesn’t make that shade any less harder to deal with.
Darkness surrounds us and it’s always there waiting for us, to engulf the very blessed soul that we are and chew us up. I know this, I’ve been there. I have a youtube channel with videos I made that outlines my very existence in the depths of darkness for a very long time. I plead to all those who are crawling through darkness, looking for any speck of light to keep crawling, keep looking, and know that the light is there, and you will find it, and there is a reason for you to crawl out of that pit and that, no matter how hopeless and terrible things may seem right now, it will get better in time….even though it may take a long ass time.
I’ve been through hell in my life and I’ve crawled through many levels of darkness to a point that I honestly believed that’s where I was supposed to live out my years. My only son died two months before I was to begin a life with him. My best friend died on my bathroom floor, and despite my efforts, along with my wife’s, to perform CPR, and even the paramedics, there was nothing bringing him back. I was the only one around when my grandma died, and I held her hand and looked into her eyes as I watched her, not so peacefully, pass through to the other side as the only thing I could think to do was pray the Lord’s prayer. There has been many things in my life that have sucked royally…and I have begged for my own death just to relieve me of my own pain…but I would not do it on my own. God, and the Love of those around me…always said no.
“Lord, please place your arms around us all, as we seek comfort, consolation, guidance and strength through our tears and trials. In your most Holy and Precious name I pray to you, Lord. Amen.”