May 15, 2014

There are times when there seems to be endless tragedy. I cannot tell you how many heartbreaking stories I have heard in the last week related to loss, injury, death, and sickness. We are all affected by tragedy at some point in our lives. The hardest part is to live life knowing you will never know why these things happen. Why does someone lose a parent or a child unexpectedly? Why does someone get cancer? Why do we have to deal with so much unimaginable heartbreak? The truth is, I don't know. I don't have the answers. These things bothered me less when I was younger, but entering into adulthood has made me realize just how precious life is. It's only a breath or a blink and then all of the sudden you're almost 30, or turning 40, or 75. Life is short and life is meant to be appreciated and lived. I have had my fair share of tragedy in my life as well. I used to feel as though it was a normal part of life, and in no way did it shake my faith. Now, things seem to shake me to my core. I cannot understand why God would allow people to go through such things.

I do know that God is a loving God, that I am not alone, and that He is here in the midst of the most horrible tragedies. I know that in the end people are good and want to help. I know that my family and friends are there to support me no matter what happens. I do know that life is less than fair and that there is more good than bad. I do know that despite how we feel at times, we are living a life of purpose for a God who is great and powerful. He is the ultimate healer. Time allows us to move on, but God uses the time to teach our hearts to love, show grace, and embrace hope.

If you are experiencing loss, death, or just feel hopeless, please know that I am thinking and praying for you. Life can be hard sometimes. I know it seems like it will never get better, but it will, and it does. My heart goes out to all of those suffering right now, xx.


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  1. This is such a sweet post. It is definitely confusing sometimes to see such tragedy in our world, but it just shows up that we live in a world filled with sin and evil and that the only thing that can save us is the love of Jesus. I see that so clearly more and more each day in our world.

  2. I saw this red headed little boy and thought WOW how striking of a boy is he and then I read the attached article last week and was crushed. I visualized the incident as I read it and I could not and cannot imagine the pain.

  3. This is so sweet. We lost my dad very suddenly almost eight years ago and the pain then was just indescribable. My heart goes out to the family because I know that a sudden loss is so confusing and painful. But, if we trust in the Lord we know that we'll see those family members again someday.

  4. We will never understand God's timing. I guess that's where faith kicks in. It is so hard at times. Praying for Ryan's family. Such a tragic loss.

  5. Thank you for such a thoughtful post. It will provide comfort and healing to all those who are reading.

    I read about the tragedy of Ryan last week and my heart goes out to them.

  6. This is beautiful. Our family has faced great tragedy, and it is normal to ask a million questions and seek the answers as to WHY this was allowed to happen. Only God knows. It's at times like these that we either cling to Him or run from Him. I chose to cling to Him. Thank you for the reminder that we're not alone and people do care!