Being a "newbie" to the land of Blogging, I have learned that it really makes the world a smaller place. I have visited and read so many blogs over the past few months and am amazed at how many people have suffered similar losses to mine. It can be, at times, overwhelming at the number of people who are suffering and facing trials and heartache.
Being from a rather large family, I have seen my fair share of firsthand suffering and tragedy. There have been times when I feel like there is a massive bulls-eye on my family that troubles and sorrow keep landing on. Today was one of those days.
I got word this morning that one of my first cousins' 19 year old son was killed yesterday in a car accident. The sting of death never fails to get to me, but now more than ever---especially when a child is involved. I know that 19 years old isn't a "child", but really it is. Parents are not supposed to outlive their children. It's not supposed to happen like this.
My heart hurts for my cousin who lost his son. It hurts for my Uncle & Aunt who lost their oldest grandson. I hurt for them, because I know what lies ahead and I wish they did not have to walk this valley that their lives has turned into. I am thankful that they have our Heavenly Father to see them through the days, months, and years ahead.
My verse of scripture for my memory team for Feb. 15-28th seems quite fitting for today.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33
I have to remind myself often that God never promised we wouldn't face heartache, but he did say he'd never leave us!
Thank you, Lord, for your unending mercy and love.