I was greeted by the most beautiful face at church today only to realize something was terribly wrong. Stephanie's eyes welled up with tears and i knew instantly, and then the words came out of her mouth, " He passed away'. I dropped my box that i was carrying and instantly went to hug her, hoping it would make her feel better but what she did was make me feel better when she whispered in my ear, "It's okay". Then i looked to her left and there stood her stoic father with tears in his eyes. Oh, my goodness, i know what it is like to lose a child but not one that i've had with me for 35 years. My heart is breaking for them but what a testimony this family is. To me, this family showed that they are not mad that 'God took' their brother, their son by being at church today and they will be celebrating his life this Friday. I did not know Tommy personally but our girls prayed every night for over year for God to heal his body from leukemia. We would praise God when we would get good news and then we would pray harder when bad news loomed again. Today, we had to share the news that yet another dear person we have been praying for has gone to be with Jesus. That makes two in one week. One of Jeff's co-workers too left us on Monday leaving two girls behind and the older one taking on the role as the parent because the father is also deceased. And your heart breaks even more when your own child asks. "Does God really hear our prayers? Because if He did, then why are so many people dying"?
Hug your loved ones a little tighter. Time is too precious.
Please pray for this family but especially for Tommy's wife and their sweet little baby who is only two years old. May God give him the wisdom in his young little life to always remember what an amazing Daddy he had. Also, please lift up Janie's girls, who are only 21 and 16...they too are missing their Mamma.
Love to you all!
And yes, i am crying...no, i am bawling......