Thursday, January 14, 2010

love the one you're with (personal)

(not the normal happy post...beware, but i just can't get it off my mind.) I know that death is among us. I also know that no one will live on this Earth forever. I do believe in eternal life, and the thought of that alone does give me peace. But why is it harder to deal with death when it happens to someone so young? The death of a child is unimaginable, and the death of someone in their 30s is very hard to understand.

One of David's best friends from high school's older brother passed away this week. He was feeling bad. He had his father help him get to the ER because he started feeling so much worse. Hours later, he was told that he had a very large tumor pressing on his heart. Another few hours later, he was told that he had a very far-along stage of Leukemia, and that treatment would need to begin the next morning. Another couple of hours later, he suffered a massive heart attack, and he didn't make it. This 38 year old man is survived by his wife, three little girls, a mom, a dad, a sister, and a little brother.

I know the funeral tomorrow will be so hard. Again, my thoughts lead me to God and how it was time to take him home. But I also just feel a pain and emptiness for that family that will now keep living their lives with him...a husband and a father. So sad for those girls.

Anyhow, I just couldn't get this off my mind for the past few days. It really has changed the mind-set for us and has been the biggest kick in the rear to LOVE the ones we're with! Squeeze those babies, hug those kiddos, and kiss that husband of yours! I hate that it always takes something like this to jump-start the PDA for some people, but I hope that some lives will be changed tomorrow by seeing the sadness that his family feels. Let his loss not be taken for granted.


lisa k said...

So heart goes out to this family.

Kristin said...

Thank you for that reminder. I just gave the kids (all 3 of them) a big hug and kiss!

Anonymous said...

What an aweful story. Thanks for sharing the message... life is so precious.