Kent Bush: Reporters never get to cry
Reporters never get to cry. No matter how horrible, awful and unspeakable the facts are, we have to make the calls, write the words and make sure the stories are told.
That process is easy when public meetings are held, championships are won or events draw crowds.
But when friends feel pain that no one should ever feel, reporters still have to gather facts and recount details they never even wanted to know.
Jim Bishop said, “The reporter is the daily prisoner of clocked facts. On all working days, he is expected to do his best in one swift swipe at each story.”
That is true even on those days when tragedy strikes close to those you know and love.
Many people in and around Augusta, Kansas, are dealing with the pain of a loss of a great young man to a terrible ATV accident this weekend.
President Dwight Eisenhower said, “There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.” I can’t imagine how they ever would.
Families should never deal with this kind of sorrow. But they do. It is sad. That sadness spills out of their hearts and over the entire community that knows and loves the family whose loss escapes comprehension.
As I lay awake Saturday night, I had so many thoughts.
“What if it were my son?”
“Why do these things have to happen?”
Those moments were terrifying to me and my sons were safely tucked away just a few feet from me while others were dealing with a loss that most people will never know or understand. Life isn’t fair.
At times like this, I always remember a favorite Bible verse. John 11:35 tells us simply that, “Jesus wept.”
Like many on Saturday night when they heard the news of a friend’s untimely death, the savior of the world also wept when he considered the death of one of his good friends.
Jesus knew he would soon bring his friend back from the grave. But even knowing this, he had empathy for those who mourned. As Romans 12:15 says, behaving like a Christian means we “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.”
There will be many tears in the coming days. We can’t take one ounce of the family’s pain away. Nothing can. All we can do is share in it so they know they aren’t suffering alone.
Kent Bush is the publisher of the Butler County Times Gazette in Kansas, and can be reached at email@example.com.