My heart is breaking. I think of all the shattered hearts, lives forever altered by the loss of loved ones and I can’t help but cry and mourn with them. I know the pain they are experiencing because I still feel it at times. Their consuming grief and complete despair of a loved one killed, gone forever. Not able to think about anything else, sleepless nights, and utter hopelessness. All of the moms, dads, brothers, sisters, children, and friends left behind to grieve the sudden and very tragic loss. Did they get to say goodbye? Did they kiss them when they walked out the door? Tell them they loved them? Was the last time they spoke a fight? Was there something, ANYTHING, they could’ve done differently? All of the “what if’s” and “if only’s” plague their every thought. The finality of never seeing their loved one again, hearing their voice, birthdays without candles, holidays with an empty chair, surrounded by their memories, and saturated with OVERWHELMING SADNESS. Will their lives ever be the same? No. Will they move beyond this empty hole of sorrow? I pray! Oh how I PRAY!! Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Please PLEASE bathe them in prayer and continue praying fervently and specifically in the weeks to come. Prayers that they will find comfort for their aching heart (Matthew 5:4). Strength for the times they can barely get up (Isaiah 41:10). Rest for the countless sleepless nights (Matthew 11:28). A renewed mind for the thousands of thoughts that flood in (Isaiah 26:3). Peace for their racing heart (John 14:27). Refuge in the arms of God through the support of family and friends (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Joy to replace the the weeping (Psalm 30:5).