Why? The unanswered question of a bereaved parent.
Jacob was 22 and struggled with anxiety, depression and drugs.
We raised Jake in a Christian home with biblical teaching and values. But like many young people with the same upbringing he seemed to turn his heart away from the faith.
This grieves the heart of parents who endeavor to raise their kids in the faith only to watch them walk away.
Thankfully, not all who wander are lost.
Wrestling with the why question is exhausting. It’s a treadmill that must be turned off and walked away from.
I find myself back on the machine once in a while however.
I am a simple man. I believe there are knowable, but partial, answers to the why did my child die question.
Rarely it is black and white. Most of the time it’s unclear.
Jake died of a prescription drug overdose. He did something stupid and paid the ultimate price for it.
This answers some of the why questions. Bad choices lead to deadly ends. That’s simple and true.
Sometimes the why question is answered in the black and white of the scriptures.
1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,
2 for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. – Proverbs 3:1-2
Why Jake died is not fully known. But I do know this. Jacob failed to remember and apply the wisdom and instruction we gave him.
Jacob lost his peace and his days on earth were shortened to 22 years.
It didn’t have to end this way. But it did and I understand why.