Our family has experienced a lot of loss in a relatively short period. Each loss is challenging, and each one takes a toll on mind, body, and spirit. The loss of a child (no matter the age of the child) is out of order and causes a brokenness that isn’t easily explained or understood unless you too have lost a child.
All loss is hard. We have seen so many loved ones go on to their heavenly home, and while we rejoice in that part of it, we miss them terribly.
In three years time we have lost, a father, a son, an uncle, a grandmother, a grandfather and our son-in-law’s grandfather. Four of those came within a year.
I know there are many of you reading this who have endured much more. I acknowledge that, and you have my deepest sympathies.
Death is one thing we all have in common. We will experience the death of someone we love and most assuredly, we will experience death ourselves. It’s one thing that is certain.
My Grandaddy passed away recently. He was the only Grandaddy I have ever had, and he was precious to me. He was strong, yet tender. He was what you think of when you hear the word “Grandaddy.” I was blessed to be with him as he passed from this life to the arms of Jesus. Walking him home was a privilege and honor. I don’t take it lightly. My daddy passed away suddenly, and I missed his last breath. It was many years ago, but it saddens me still.
Hug your loved ones close. Don’t let anger, disagreements, disappointments, and hurt (whether justified or not) keep you from spending time with those you love. There are often no second chances. Speak about your love, your memories, your hopes, and joys. Share deeply now, while you can.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone!
I know you have sorrow too. If you want to share, feel free to email me anytime.
Grace makes us strong to bear trials, but we still have to bear them
– Charles Spurgeon