Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Props to Sioux Falls reporter's coverage of faith

The May 9th Sioux Falls Argus Leader carried a feature on Jake Weiss, a Roosevelt High football standout who went on to South Dakota State, where he was expected to make an impact as a Division I player.

His plans were undone by clinical depression, and Argus reporter Terry Vandrovec does a wonderful job showing the breadth of help Weiss had to seek out to get his life back.

Medical care was very important, including meds and in-patient behavioral care.

Family was crucial, so much so that Weiss returned to Sioux Falls and enrolled at Augustana College.

Mentors with values had an impact, especially SDSU's coach, who put Weiss's personal and family health ahead of any sports program issues.

And then Vandrovec reports this:

"With nowhere else to go, (Weiss) turned to God. He believes faith has helped, given comfort in a way that counseling sometimes hand't. The cross around his neck is a gift from his girlfriend, a constant physical reminder of a greater power.

'I'm still young,' (Weiss) said. 'I have a lot to go through. I haven't experienced life's worst yet. It's important to get this figured out at a young age.'"

There was no silver bullet, and Weiss continues to work out his life. But what a wonderful article to show the complexity of our humanity, and to allow for the divine help that can lift us to the fullness of life we seek.

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