Into the Light

After church yesterday, we headed to the capitol grounds for the Central Texas Out of the Darkness Walk. Based on the videos and photos from the website, I was kind of expecting a somber (for this weeping woman, read: emotional) atmosphere. Instead, there were kids running and playing, music blasting, people laughing and recalling stories of their loved ones. 


They had a couple of speakers before the actual walking kicked off. One was a young girl telling her recovery story; the other was a mother who lost her son. Those were the most somber, emotional times–well, that and the dates on shirts that absolutely broke my heart. One of the teams was walking for a thirteen year old. Thirteen. I cannot imagine feeling such pain and isolation at thirteen–at any age, really, but wow. Through the heart break, I find myself feeling immensely grateful that I have never known those kinds of thoughts or feelings.

What I do know is that I can help. I can continue to raise awareness for those suffering from depression and other mental illnesses. I can share the news of the gospel for those who are lost and hurting. I knew from the get-go that I wanted to be involved. I still don’t know exactly what that will look like. I’m still praying through exactly what my involvement will be.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. –Psalm 34:18

After we walked, Baby Gray made crafts in the kids’ area, and then we headed for some Amy’s Ice Cream. Yum! 


Ice Cream

We rounded off the afternoon with a visit to Aunt Cookie’s new home. She’s close now–I hope we’ll be seeing a lot more of her these days.  

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