So Isaac is gone. There is nothing we can do to bring him back. However, we can let his death inspire us.
This is what you now know about Zion:
----The initial mission
----The building progress
----The pains of programming
----The success of promoting healthy lifestyles (5ks etc)
----The staff comradery
----The good times
----The bad times
Isaac's death affected us in ways that many will never understand and unfortunately many do understand. Almost one year to the date of Isaac's death, my son's classmate died by suicide. I took my son to the visitation. Seeing the pain and realization on his face that someone his age had died by suicide was heartbreaking to me. I came to work the next day and told Lori and Heather about it. We decided that day that Zion must now be a part of the struggle that our youth are experiencing.
Lori & I decided that her Faith, Family, & Friends 5K was now going to be called the Connect-Communicate-Care 5K. We joined that event together with a light the lake ceremony. We then decided to add yoga to the event so that we could offer something for everyone.
We truly believe that physical fitness can help with depression. We also truly believe that Zion is a very special place for people to get away from their problems. There is a feeling here like no other. When you are sitting on the dock looking out at the lake, watching the trees blow in the wind you feel peace. We have actually been told this by passerbys.
I had only been working at Zion for about a month when this gentlman came into the office. He said he and a co-worker were driving past our office the previous day on the way to work at the gas wells. When they left work that evening they started having a conversation about God. He stated that he is not a religious person and he has never really had conversations with anyone about God or religion. However, that night for some reason he did. When he had to return to work the following day he noticed our sign that read Zion Christian Retreat & Nature Center. He stopped in the office and told us what had happened the night before. Before he left, he said something that has stuck with me. This is what he said, "I really don't know what you all do here but I just had to stop and tell you what happened with me yesterday. You all have something real special going on here."
Since this is my blog I guess it's time to admit that I have struggled with my relationship with God for several years and I do not attend church. I won't bore you with the reasons. If you want to know them, message me and I'll tell you. Maybe we can start up a conversation! With that being said, I love the "feeling" that I get when I am at Zion. It truly is a place to Reflect-Relax-Retreat.
In the past week, I have read about 2 teen suicides. One is a Northwestern basketball player who was having a great season and was always happy. Read about her story in this link.
Isaac was happy too. Or so we thought.
I ask you this, What are we missing? What can we do to help our youth today?!
Hi, I'm Lori Kovacs.