Don’t be shocked that people die, be surprised you’re still alive

The question asked in order to save her life or take it.
The answer no avoided death and yes would make it.
Do you believe in God?’
Written on the bullet
Say yes to pull the trigger
And my Sister Cassie pulled it
They didn’t love their life so much
As to shrink from death
Inspired in their footsteps
We will march ahead
Don’t be shocked that people die
Be surprised you’re still alive
All heads are bowed in silent reverence
The floor is wet with tears of sorrowful remembrance
The alter is filled with hearts of repentance
Perfect love kills all fear, rejoice in this deliverance
They didn’t love their life so much
As to shrink from death
Inspired in their footsteps
We will march ahead

Don’t be shocked that people die
Be surprised you’re still alive

Cassie (Acoustic Version) – Flyleaf

For those of you who don’t know who “Cassie” is referring to, it is a young lady who was shot and killed in the Columbine High massacre back in 1999. Before she was shot, she was asked if she believe in God. She said yes. There is a book called “She Said Yes” that tells her story.

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2 comments on “Don’t be shocked that people die, be surprised you’re still alive

  1. In an old re-run of Stargate SG1 the other night, Tealc was talking to Daniel Jackson about his new interest in dreams now that he required sleep. Daniel said that he thought dreams were our way of dealing with things we don’t know how to deal with in our waking life. He said that dreams are restful, for the most part, because they leave us feeling more able to deal with life. But he added, in a very self-reflective tone, that when the problems in our waking life seem beyond hope, those dreams become nightmares and provide very little restoration. Tealc, clearly being made of tougher stuff, said something to effect of: “considering the lives we live and what I know of your experiences, it is truly a wonder that you can sleep at all.”

    I love how science fiction, with all it’s unbelievable story lines, can allow us to see things that we’d be blind to were they presented in a way that hits too close to home. Well written lyrics, for me at least, can work in much the same way.

    • I’ve never seen that show before, but what they say about dreams is very true. Dreams can be both a blessing and a curse.

      I feel the same way about lyrics. The ones that tell a meaningful story are the ones I like the best. When I first heard this song, I thought it was about suicide in the name of God or something like that. But then when I heard the story behind it, the words made much more sense and held much more power.

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