Nothing brings the mind in to focus more than hearing of a death of a child. I pretty much suspect that everyone that heard yesterday of the little 12 year old boy who died so suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in our little town has been deeply shocked by the news.
Everyone knows everyone around here many many of the children would be friends with this little boy and have known him all his life. When your children turn to you and ask "why?" what are you suppose to say. This little boy hadn't been in an accident or sick for a long time, he just been taken from his family in a blink of an eye. I am struggling to make sense of this.
Since we started living here 2 other children and been taken, both of those in tragic accidents and for these parents I suppose their is something to focus their anger on to. But to try understand the grand scheme of things when a child is taken for no apparent reason is very hard to do.
Never is my faith more shaken then at times like this. To have some one say this is God's will offends me to my deepest core. If we are made in his image then he would know that this is not our will and therefore how can it be his own. Some say he is a harsh and vengeful God and to them I say well why do I need to follow him then. Others say, God wanted him to be by his side and to them I say, but why?, why does God need a young boy like that?
No one can make sense of this tragic loss for me, and no one can comfort the grieving family that's been left behind. Just remember the next time they are driving you up the wall and you feel like tearing your hair out that it can all be taken from you in the blink of an eye and then all you would be doing is begging for it all to be back again.
For now my thoughts are with this poor family and tonight I will hold my children a little closer to me at bedtime.