It has been said that “suffering reveals what is in our hearts and takes the one who suffers to the edge of eternity.” I have worked with 25,000 soldiers over the past 5 years and have conducted more than 200 suicide interventions. In that time I have come to believe that suffering has a way of heightening one’s mental acuity to levels that others who have never experienced such suffering cannot fully comprehend.
In suffering one becomes more aware not only that things are not right within oneself, but perhaps even more, those things that are not right in the world. And this is what suffering revealed about Kyle’s heart. In other words, Kyle Lovett had a good heart. He wanted things to be better than they are, for him and for others. Yet the pain was always there.
In his dying may those of compassionate heart be the catalysts for Kyle’s dream of a better day becoming a reality in our community and even in the world – a reality where people are more loving and understanding. By our love and compassion and the grace of God may we lessen the suffering of others.