We must stop bullying. It starts here. It starts now.

 

Daily Bread

04/23/2012

 From the March 2, 1992 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Does your situation appear insoluble? Nothing is too hard for God. Or for you, with Love’s help. Maybe you’ve tried hard to change things but can’t. God can show you what to do next. There is always a way. Pray. Listen. It will come to you.

If you feel the need to talk to someone who will listen, care, and not condemn you, a Christian Science practitioner might be a good choice.

I can see now that all the praying and working—months of both, in my case—paid off. Every prayer, every treatment by a Christian Science practitioner, accomplished something. I’ve grown tremendously since then. And that spiritual growth was all so sure. It had to happen. It was mine right from the beginning, just so long as I kept on working and refused to give in to despair.

I’ve found that tender comfort, and I thank God I stayed around to find it. It’s really here, and it’s really worth the effort. These words from Science and Health have special meaning for me now: “Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will surely appear sometime and in some way. There will be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away. When you read this, remember Jesus’ words, ‘The kingdom of God is within you.’ This spiritual consciousness is therefore a present possibility.”

Mrs. Eddy wrote this message to you and me. It is her letter of comfort to us. Listen to it. Believe it. Take courage in it, and go on. Dear sufferer, life is worth living!

From the Sioux City Journal:

OUR OPINION: We must stop bullying. It starts here. And it starts now.

 

By the Journal editorial board | Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012 8:00 am

Siouxland lost a young life to a senseless, shameful tragedy last week. By all accounts, Kenneth Weishuhn was a kind-hearted, fun-loving teenage boy, always looking to make others smile. But when the South O’Brien High School 14-year-old told friends he was gay, the harassment and bullying began. It didn’t let up until he took his own life.

Sadly, Kenneth’s story is far from unique. Boys and girls across Iowa and beyond are targeted every day. In this case sexual orientation appears to have played a role, but we have learned a bully needs no reason to strike. No sense can be made of these actions.

Now our community and region must face this stark reality: We are all to blame. We have not done enough. Not nearly enough.

This is not a failure of one group of kids, one school, one town, one county or one geographic area. Rather, it exposes a fundamental flaw in our society, one that has deep-seated roots. Until now, it has been too difficult, inconvenient — maybe even painful — to address. But we can’t keep looking away.

In Kenneth’s case, the warnings were everywhere. We saw it happen in other communities, now it has hit home. Undoubtedly, it wasn’t the first life lost to bullying here, but we can strive to make it the last.

 

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OUR OPINION: We must stop bullying. It starts here. And it starts now.