A Letter To A New Zombie
Sorry to hear about your bite. That’s a real bummer. I bet by now you are curled up in a corner, wrapped in a blanket, fully given over to the infection coursing through you. Soon, you will be completely transformed into what you were supposed to have been fighting against.
What happened with that, anyway?
You were supposed to be one of the tough ones. You seemed to always let your creativity out, you seemed to really live life, you seemed to have it all put together and seemed to genuinely love the people around you.
But when things got tough, you just gave up and let it happen.
It’s like all those things you told us—about how powerful love is, about how much we should cherish life, about how easy it would be for any of us to get the virus so we should do all we could to protect our passions—you ignored yourself.
What about that stuff where God was bigger than any virus? That any complacency, or apathy, or arrogance, or doubt was totally avoidable if only we made sure to remember where our life comes from…
…why didn’t you listen to yourself?
We listened, and we are still here. It is tough, sure…especially seeing the people around us collapse like marionettes, no longer even resembling the family they once were. But we are still here because we know that we can’t do it alone. Maybe that’s where you went wrong. You told us for so long the best, most powerful way out, but in the end you decided you could do it on your own.
You couldn’t. We can’t.
But I think there is still hope. The God you told us about, the one whose strength is unending and whose love is unsearchable, He can still break through that virus. That mud that’s sweeping through your veins right now, causing you to give up on everything around you except your fallen needs…it can still get cleaned out.
You just need some clean blood. Some saving blood.
That’s part of our war, after all. We aren’t told to just avoid the zombies and the virus. We are told to combat it, with all we have. And so when we see you again, with those lifeless eyes, know that we are all looking at you as the person you can still become…the person you used to tell us you wanted to be.
And in the meantime, try to not make things too messy.
P.S. – “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13