Saturday, April 7, 2007

John Winter's Death

I have to say,I just turned on the TV after not having it on since last Sunday, and I'm still reeling over the news of Channel 8's meteorologist John Winter's suicide. He was always witty and charming, not to mention good-looking. He did so much for the community with the Rough Rider's Teddy Bear collection and the Hillsborough County Animal Shelters, and now he's gone. I can only imagine what it must be like for his wife, family, and friends. I only knew the man through the TV screen, and they knew him in person. What a shock and a tragedy!

Yes, God and I have been having a HUGE conversation all day long about depression, and I still have some unanswered questions...why does He let some people suffer from depression more than others? Why is it that I am able to claw my way out of the darkness, and others, like Mr. Winter, are unable to shake it off? (I can tell you from experience that it's hard when you're in "the dark place" because it feels like no one can help you and that no one understands. You're surrounded by a black fog and you feel like screaming, only no one can hear your cries for help.) I talk to God on a minute-by-minute basis and have problems with depression, I can only hope and pray that Mr. Winter's knew Him too. Why does it take a tragedy like this one for others to get the help they need? While I know God will show me the answers in His time, I can only pray for those bleeding hearts out there. Yes, Mr. Winter's will be missed.


mad4books said...

(Oh, man. I wrote you this whole long comment, but it was eaten by IE when I opened another window to find out how to spell the name of the Philadelphia weatherman we all loved who died.) It was more than TWENTY years ago, but everyone still misses the long, tall Texan who did the weather and made it funny. I don't think it's weird one bit to miss the guy who brought you the news each feels like we know those people, and we placed a certain amount of trust in them...

Anyway, the gist of the message was that we both need to be sure to get to Heaven so we can ask God all of our questions. We'll praise and sing and question and wonder and marvel and praise some more!!

Misadventures of the Dynamic Uno said...

Amen to that!