The ‘why’ question


Why ask “why”? Are you interested in an explanation, seeking understanding and insight? Will you listen and consider the viewpoint presented? Or is the question of “why” really a way of asking “how could you?”, seeking to condemn and criticize? No answer will satisfy this kind of question, no answer will be good enough or right enough.

In previous articles in The Daily Press regarding the Rapid River case, the prosecutor, representatives of DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services), and others responded to the “why” question in court — why they were looking toward and attempt at reunification of the children and the parents. Referencing the closing arguments reported on July 22, 2017: “the case is about the couple’s redemption and the hope that they can progress to reunification with their children.” The judge disagreed with this direction in his opinion, and we are where we are. Appeals have been filed to try to get back to the reunification process — there is no guarantee that this process will result in eventual reunification, but at least the effort could be made toward that end.

None of the people who have written letters criticizing the case/appeals know the parents, have never worked with them or provided counseling, evaluation, supervision, etc., let alone offered friendship or support. There is much more to the story, if people are open to hearing it. There are more facts that can be considered. There are and have been people directly involved with the children, looking out for their needs, as well and the parents.

I have gotten to know the father of the children through working with him at my church. Should we not view others with compassion? We are in the season of Lent, leading to Christ’s death and then his resurrection on Easter Day. Redemption. Hope. Let us consider these things.

Barb Snyder