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October 2, 2007
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Our house is uncomfortably quiet this afternoon. My two youngest are sleeping the afternoon away while my husband and my oldest son are away at the funeral of a 6 year old boy from our church. He was diagnosed with leukemia less than three weeks ago, and now he is gone. I can’t even imagine the devastation that family is dealing with right now.  

What do you say to someone who has lost a child? I really don’t think there are any words that can even begin to ease that kind of pain. It is times like this that even the strongest of believers must question God’s wisdom. I’ve been close to a few unspeakable tragedies in my lifetime. Sometimes the question of why has a clear answer, but most of the time it remains a mystery. Sometimes we want to point a finger, giving our pain a face that we can blame. It is easy to be angry with God because ultimately our life and our death are in His hands.

God never said that our lives would be easy. Contrary to modern day theology, life does not suddenly become perfect when you choose to believe in Christ. Instead, God promises to sustain through our tragedies, and to comfort us when we are hurting. I’m reminded of a song that was on the radio a few years ago. The chorus goes something like this:

This is what it means to be held, how it feels when the sacred is torn from your life, and you survive. This is what it is to be loved, and to know that the promise was when everything fell, we’d be held.”

I pray that this family will be able to feel the warmth in God’s arms, that they will find comfort and rest in His hands.

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  1. curtismchale permalink
    October 2, 2007 5:56 pm

    The thought that our lives will suddenly become perfect with a relationship with Christ is a sad misunderstanding. I hate altercalls that seem to say that.

    God will sustain if we continue to lean on him. Good luck and my symapthies.

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