Anyone Who Has a Heart Feels Your Pain

A message to Newtown, Connecticut and for America.

As a father of two beautiful daughters who were educated in our public school system, I can't help to think of how devastated I would have been if such a tragedy had occurred while my children were in school. To the residents of Newtown, Connecticut, we feel your pain. We feel your sorrows. Anyone who has a heart should feel your pain. Our prayers will continue daily for God to make your healing process more bearable. I wish I could speak a special word that would make you feel better, but I can't. I would strongly recommend my strength, provider, and counselor to you "Jesus Christ." In times like these, please stay with Him. Work with professional counselors and cherish the memories of your children and love ones. Focus on the way they lived, not the way they died. Don't let evil people steal your joy.

Now to those of you in our society who are struggling with mental issues, I can't ignore you. Everyone in this world has a hidden flaw. If you feel that you are struggling with trying to stay mentally sound, don't ignore it. If you feel that you are about to lose control of yourself, don't be ashamed to ask for help. It is out there, and people are willing to help you. Please find someone you respect and trust and let them know how you feel.

To those of you who are approached as a trusted friend, you have an obligation too. Take the time to listen to the cry for help. Find a professional counselor. Have a discussion with them, and take recommended steps to get your friends the help they need.  America has got to recognize we have a problem. We can't continue to ignore it. Mental illness is for real. It is not always easy to recognize, but we must pay attention to those little signs that make us wonder, "Is that normal." If necessary, mention it to a trusted professional who can make recommendations. You should never assume or attempt to take action into your own hands. As you know, making false assumptions can be more damaging than one can imagine. Only discuss such matters with professional counselors.

America, please pray for our country and its citizens. Today it is Newtown, Connecticut, but tomorrow it could be in our town.

Michael Joiner
Roanoke, AL

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