The darkness will close in. The pain will come. The emptiness, loneliness, and hopelessness will arise. You will be engulfed, overwhelmed with feelings and emotions. You will question, you will wonder why? You will begin to allow your mind to wander into the abyss. Thoughts of bitterness, hate, and suicide will present themselves. Those around you are in the middle of their own struggles. The struggles of survival, finding hope, and trying to simply make it through another poverty-stricken day on the reservation. You can trust no one. There is no one who understands the intense pain you feel inside. Life is not worth living.
You are beautiful. Young lady, you are beautiful. You are beautiful on the inside and out. I don’t know what you are going through right now, I truly don’t. I have never walked a step in your shoes. I didn’t grow up in poverty. I didn’t grow up not knowing who my father was. I didn’t grow up in an abusive home. I didn’t grow up with adults strung out on drugs. I don’t know. But, I do know, God created you. God created you in His image. God sent His Son, Jesus, to die for you on the cross. God is in love with you. He is jealous for you. God is a father to the fatherless. God is hope for the hopeless. You are beautiful in God’s eyes. God has a plan for your life. God is light. I know your pain, hurt, and loneliness are intense right now. I know in this moment, you can’t see light. You can’t see through the all-consuming darkness. You don’t feel loved, forgiven, or beautiful. But, you must know that YOU ARE LOVED, FORGIVEN, AND YOUR ARE BEAUTIFUL! Don’t quit. Don’t give in. Don’t give up. The light will break through. The sun will soon shine. A new day will come. Young lady, in your darkest hour, in your weakest moments, lift up your eyes to the King of Glory, grab ahold of His outstretched hand, hold tight, and never let go. You are a daughter of the King. Loved. Cherished. Beautiful in His eyes. God will never let go.