Sunday, August 21, 2011

How can this be??

We learned yesterday morning that a dear friend lost her three year old little boy to a tragic gun accident!!

My heart is broken in a thousand pieces for this mom.

I had to choke back tears while ringing people up at Bookland last night. And this morning in church I had to constantly divert my thoughts not to break down into sobs for her.

Apparently she & her fiance were standing by the car when he picked up a hand gun that was inadvertently left in the vehicle.

I can't imagine the horror! I need to sob and mourn for his lost life... For this mom that has been robbed of seeing her boy grow to manhood... For the love between she and her fiance that is forever changed.

What will happen now?

Will she cling to the Lord or clinch her fists?

Will she ever stop mourning?

Can God's love and comfort be this big?

Surely it can!
(Lord, help my unbelief!)

Can you comfort this mother?

Can you be her refuge and strong tower?

Can you restore & heal a wound this deep?

I know you are mighty to save (Isaiah 63:1). I know your arm is not too short and your ears are not dull (Isaiah 59:1). I know you give good gifts to your children (Matthew 7:11) and give us beauty from ashes and a garment of praise instead of mourning (Isaiah 61:3).

Please comfort. Please restore. Please be as big as your word says you are. Thank you for hope and faith! Thank you for your love- especially now when we cannot make sense of the pain & sorrow around us! Please comfort this mom as only you can. Please use us to shine your light and be your hands and feet in a hurting world.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
-Isaiah 40:28-31

(this pic is from a set we took in 2008 when T was almost one)

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