By Karen Schoeppach
There are some people in our lives who will become……………shadows
They are still here, but….they are shadows of who they once were
The child so full of life and the love of learning……..becomes a shadow after drugs or alcohol causes them
to fade away
The soldier who has seen so many horrors
They haven’t the strength to keep fighting the demons of the mind and
They become a shadow of themselves
The parent, the spouse, that loved one who becomes lost in the depths of their own mind
All there is to be seen
is a shadow of the person
How we wish others could see
the person they once were
How we pray that we may somehow
pull them out of the shadow
bring them back to us
The child and the soldier must decide to take the first steps
on their own
We can only support them
and love them
Those who are lost in the depths of their own minds
can sometimes come out
With special help
But for the ones who will live as a shadow
For whom there is no way back
We can only remember the person they were
And love them……..just love them
God do You see us when we become shadows of who we once were?
Of course, You do.
Give us the strength to come back if we can.
Hold us close if there is no way back.
If some in our lives are shadow people, help us love them.
Without becoming shadow people, ourselves.