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Fate will take its toll - Jaya Franklin

It's amazing all of things we do to live a long, healthy, prosperous life.

But, I've come to understand that it seems like no matter what we do to prevent death, it comes when it wants to.

I met a lady once who told me she drinks alcohol and smokes nearly everyday. Her husband, who wasn't a drinker or a smoker, died at the age of 30 from a heart attack. He took care of himself, exercised and was really concerned about his health. Regardless, he still died at a young age.

Death is the weirdest thing. A lot of people try to explain it, but when it's all said and done, God has the last word. On Jan. 14, in Indianapolis, Ind., two 24-year-old women and their two young children were gunned down during an armed robbery.

Although I didn't know them personally, one of them used to attend the same high school that I did. I think about that situation almost everyday since I first heard about it, and wonder why it happened. I still haven't figured out the answer, maybe it was just their time to go. But why so violently?

Then when people say it must have been their time to go, you can't help but think of the small children involved. I mean, was it their time to go, too? One of them was 23 months and the other was only four months. Those children were too young to even know the definition of life and death.

At times, death can be so simple, and other times, it can be really complicated. I mean it's as simple as you're birthed into the world and then everyone eventually leaves the earth at one time or another.

One thing that amazes me is when people think that it's their duty to take someone's life. What would make you think taking someone else's life is your responsibility and not God's?

I know it's so much easier said than done. For example, in the movie "A Time to Kill," based on a book written by John Grisham, Samuel L. Jackson played a man named Carl Lee. Lee's daughter was raped by two white, racist men and Lee took it upon himself to take both of those people's lives.

I can't say that I blame him, and I also can't say that what he did was right. Even though this was a movie, it was very close to what happens in everyday life. No matter what we do or try to do to prevent it, if something tragic is going to happen, it will happen.

That's why we should rely on faith and not someone else's understanding.

Jaya Franklin covers government for the Henry Daily Herald. She can be reached via e-mail at jfranklin@henryherald.com.