When adults see teenagers always on their phones or jumping around in a car to music, we often think they don't have anything to worry about. It's one carefree, fun-filled adventure after another.
Recently a woman told me about a prayer service that took place at St. Pius X High School. The theme of the service was a time of remembrance. At church the adolescents were invited to ask the Lord to remember a person dear to them who had died.
Here are some of the remembrances offered by teenagers:
Matt: My mother died when I was a freshman. I wish she was still alive.
Neil: My sister died when I was an infant. I wish I could have known her.
Chrissy: My brother would have celebrated his twelfth birthday. I would have enjoyed celebrating it with him.
Pete: My brother died when I was thirteen. I wish I would have had more time to get to know him better.
Regina: My father passed away five years ago. I wish he was here to share special moments in my life. I miss him very much.
Ellen: My grandma was a wonderful person. She has many who loved her and miss her.
Mark: Last spring my friend's father died in a car accident. I had gotten to become good friends with him.
Alisyn: My grandmother died the day after my fourteenth birthday. I am told I am just like her at this age, but how do I know? I wish her well.
Jeff: My uncle died last year. I miss playing sports with him.
Libbi: My dad died when I was two. I should have been a Daddy's girl. I miss him.
Jason: My brother died on May 12th two years ago. I am thankful for the time I spent with him. It was the most memorable six years of my life.
Tommy: A friend of mine, Allen, died last April. I miss him a lot and wish he was still here.
Erin: My grandmothers died six months apart during my sophomore year. I miss the good times with them.
Josh: My brother was killed when he was seven. I wish he was here so we could talk. I miss him.
Ann: My brother died 5 months ago. He was a good brother and a good person. I miss him.
Ana: A close friend, Sharna, died on December 28th from a drunk driver. Please pray for her and her family.
Andy: My grandfather died before I was born. I wish I could have met him just once.
When you see teenagers messing around and yelling louder than they should, soften your gaze a little. And remember, their lives are not as carefree as you might think.
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