So much sadness and devastation lately - the news about Ethiopian adoptions, the earthquake in Japan (which we are experiencing through the eyes of our Japanese exchange student, whose family is safe as they do not live too close to where the earthquake was, but is still understandably shaken), a story of a farming family located about an hour away from us who lost seven of their eight children in a house fire.....and we also had an event happen that was "close" to us when a local family involved in our church experienced a terrible tragedy last weekend as their 3 year old son (J) passed away after a tragic household accident. I truly cannot even begin to imagine the pain that his parents (K & L) are feeling at this time. When things like this happen, whether they are large scale natural disasters or a personal tragedy, we begin questioning or doubting God. We may never understand on this side of heaven why God chose to take little J, and although it is difficult, we can trust in his sovereign plan. I wanted to share an email that was sent from a family member of K, L, & J....
"From the time L found J unconscious…. To when he arrived by ambulance at his daddy’s workplace, (the ER) From Friday night to Monday morning (57 hours)…. It was a long grueling weekend.
K and L certainly suffered greatly through it all, but as they dealt with their sorrow and the decision to remove J from life support K specifically prayed for God to just let him KNOW please let him KNOW…that J would be safe… He just needed a peace to know he would be ok…and that J would be with God. Where would his decision send the soul of his precious son?
Last evening as the family went back to their home to separate and go through J's things… K found J's Cubbies Awana book. He had forgotten this lesson… but it was the very last Awana lesson they did together for 2/27/11 was this… (Don’t skip the top line!!!)
And the last verse that J said to Mr. Dave… was this: