Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13

This monologue for Joshua was performed by Amelia D'Andrea for her drama group.


Dear God,

Why God why? He was only 5 year's old!! Why is he lying there dead? And Why am I still here? He has a family that loved him. I'm just an old woman who has no one. So why is it that he is dead and I'm alive?

Here I am standing at the funeral giving my regrets to a family I don't know and for their dear son whom I've only met once. I ask myself why? He could have become someone great: a doctor, a lawyer, a father. He had his whole life ahead of him yet he's dead never to do any of those things.  

It's funny how fragile life really is and how we all take it for granted thinking there will always be another day no matter what we do today. But if a 5 year old can die like that, what's to stop any of us from passing on at any time.

Even though he was only a child, he touched so many lives and now that he's dead he's touching even more. I've never see so many people so loving, so caring, so changed from their normal way of life in a matter of hours. I mean look at me; I was a frustrated old woman and I haven't been in a church since I was 10! Yet here I am, not only sitting here,  but praying as well. Pouring out my heart and soul to a God I wasn't even sure existed.

Now I see why you took that boy, God. It was for all of us, wasn't it? So that we could see that love is more important then anything else. That 5 year old boy showed more love in his 5 years of living than most of us have done in the past 30. You could have saved him God, but now I see you used him for something even greater.

Joshua, I only met you once. Your smile may have made my day, but your death gave me something so much more:

It gave me hope.

Hope that when it's my time to die I'll be able to look back and see all the lives I've touched. I thank you for showing me why I am still alive and that you're in a better place. A place I hope I'll be worthy enough to go when I die.

So now I see God that you took that boy's life to show the rest of us unfortunate souls to keep on hoping.

Hoping that we can show this world as much love as this 5 year old boy did. Because God that's why we're here isn't it?