Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hold Them a Little Tighter

I’m having difficulty putting my thoughts into words.

This weekend, we traveled to Michigan to grieve with our family and friends over the death of a good man.

A good man who died too soon – far too soon.

And it sucked.

It really sucked.

I watched a beautiful, strong, faithful young woman saying goodbye to her husband – the father of her children.

I watched two of my dearest friends saying goodbye to their brother.

I watched two parents – who have been like parents to me in different seasons of my life – saying goodbye to their son.

I watched a group of grown men saying goodbye to their best friend.

I watched a church saying goodbye to one of their strongest leaders.

And it sucked.

Because of this event, I have found myself holding my husband a little tighter and kissing my daughter a little more often over the past few days.

And it is disheartening to me to know that it takes devastation such as this to make us stop and truly appreciate the ones we hold dearest in our lives.

But, sometimes it does. Life is busy. Life whizzes by and we forget what’s important. And we shouldn’t. We really shouldn’t.

Because life can change in the blink of an eye. It can change in ways that just are not good or fair or right.

So, now, I beg of you – fall on your knees before our Father and storm the gates of heaven with prayers for Vee, her two small children, and her precious unborn baby,  and for Jeremy’s parents, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and everyone else whose lives have so suddenly changed in a way that is not good or fair or right. Everyone who now has to go forward and somehow try to figure how to make sense of life without him.

And, then, when you are done that, go to the ones you love and hold them a little tighter.


Kristen @ said...

I am praying Lucy, that is just so so sad. We just don't know why God takes people when He does.

d.a.r. said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Death never makes sense.

Jackie said...

So beautifully said. I feel so terrible for their family--I was heartbroken when I read her post. I am sure it meant so much to Vee to have so many around her...will be praying for her and her family (as well as your family) in the days ahead, as this is when it starts to get really hard.

Jane said...

I'm so sorry. I'm praying for all of you.

Karlala said...

I will be praying- For Vee's Beautiful Family and for strength and Love to be with them.

SnoWhite said...

oh, lucy... I'm so sorry for this loss. Our prayers are going out on behalf of this beautiful family. The timing of loss is so challenging to understand, but I pray for God's comfort and for trust in Him and His plan even when it's tough to carry on.

thanks for this reminder to hold those and share love to those around us.

This Texas Momma said...

I am so sorry to read this. I wondered what had happened, and this is just about the worst. I pray peace and comfort that only the Lord can provide in such a difficult time.

Nicole said...

I am so glad you could be there to physically hold Vee when so many of us could not. I have been in shock since I heard and just so, so sad.

Brittany Ann said...

I don't know her well at all, but I have been in tears every time she crosses my mind and I lift her up in prayer.

It's painful to even imagine, and I just hate that his family is going through this.

I will hold my husband a little tighter from now on.

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

I'm so sorry to read this. Know that I will be praying.

Emily said...

That was a beautiful post... I hate to hear that happened.. how tragic!

Brooke said...

my boss's dad died last week. sure he was 79 years old, but he went in for a routine gall bladder removal and never got to go home...its unfair. he wasn't suppose to die. one person's mistake is another's grief.

I will certainly remember this family in my prayers.