Thursday, March 04, 2010

Chelsea King

Like so many others, I've been following the story of Chelsea King since the day she went missing. Praying for miracles, praying for her survival, that somehow she would defy the odds and be found alive. When the news broke on Tuesday so did my faith in humanity.


There are no words. None.

There are no words because our minds can't even comprehend crimes of this magnitude. We just shake our heads in disbelief. How can we exist in a world with creatures who would do this to another living, breathing, innocent soul? It is inconceivable.

Yet, this is part of our reality.

Before Chelsea's body was found on Tuesday I had been following her site on facebook - friends and family members praying together, posting positive messages in hopes of finding her alive. The site started out with just a few hundred followers. Then over the course of a few days it grew to the thousands. What a great support system to know all these people from all over the world have bonded together and are praying for the safe return of a child they don't even know!

Or so I thought.

The messages that started appearing on her site were absolutely horrifying. SICK SICK SICK people saying the most awful things and uploading graphic images of mutilated women, dead bodies, images of death, satan, just pure evil. And it wasn't just one or two people. It was A LOT of people. And they were also threatening others on the site who were close to Chelsea. It made me physically sick to read some of the stuff so could you even imagine how this would have affected her parents? Her brother? Her friends?

There's no denying we live in a world where evil exists and could be living down the street or right next door. Was this always the case or are we just more aware of it because of our modern mediums? Search any random video on youtube and read the comments and see how quickly evil rears its ugly head. There are people out there who delight in hurting others and have absolutely no remorse for their behavior or actions. And there isn't much we can do to protect ourselves or our children from people like this.

That is our reality.

We must endure the good and the bad while we occupy our space on earth and for some, it's mostly all good, but for others, they may not be so fortunate. But is it really a matter of luck? Who decides that? Is God up there rolling dice or throwing darts for every single human being on earth? Who knows. Nobody has those answers but all we can do is live the best life we know how while we have this blip of time on the planet. Because you never know, nor do you have any control, when it will be taken away from you.

How do you provide words of comfort for families going through a tragic loss such as this? What would you say? I guess I would tell them that their loved one is no longer part of a world were such evil and hatred exists. There is no more fear, no more pain, no more worry, ever again. Their body is pain free, their souls, at peace. And one day, when our time has come (whether through natural causes, disease, an accident or some similar fate that Chelsea suffered) we will be reunited with our loved ones and share in that peace for all eternity.

After all, there has to be more than this world, right?

Makes me think of one of my favorite songs. I've posted it on here once or twice before and I feel the need to do it again. May it bring you peace and comfort in your own world right now.

Maybe there's a World


Kathleen said...


Just wanted to let you know I have followed your blog for some time and I think I have commented before. My mom is dying of pancreatic cancer and I'm caring for her and my 9 yr old brother and this post really helped me tonight. I love Cat Stevens and my mom and I always listened to him while I was growing up so this was especially comforting.
Btw, I live on Alki in West Seattle so maybe we'll cross paths someday. :-)
Take care,

Natalie said...

I totally believe in Karma so I think all those negative and mean people will eventually receive it back. And I also believe that people that put out positivity and love will over power those that are negative! So let's fill the world with as much love and care as we can so that those mean people can't get fill it up!

I also think that people are extra mean on the internet because they can be anonymous. I'm sure if those people met the parents of Chelsea on the street they wouldn't say and do all those things.

Smileygirl said...

Kathleen, prayers go out to your mom and your family during this difficult time. I'm glad the song was a comfort for you, and I love that your mom would play Cat Stevens for you while growing up. She has great music taste. Wrigs and I walk Alki on the sunny days so our paths may definitely cross, if they haven't already. You'd know Wrigs right away, he's the goofy dog bumbling from person to dog to seagull. He has to greet everyone he sees!

Natalie, I want to believe that the good will outweigh the bad but I lose a little bit of faith every time I see something like this. But like you said, we need to fill the world with as much love and care and continue to spread goodness despite whatever else is out there. Karma will prevail in the end.

Live For Today said...

I don't follow the news much because it is so disheartening and can make me so angry. There most certainly are plenty of evil and immature people out there.

And I agree, it's very easy to appear to be a bad*ss behind the confines of a computer.