This afternoon, Jennifer got a call from a pastor in the synod. Her best friend's, Amy's, husband Jon, passed away. He was 36. They have a very young son. The loss was unexpected.
We hear over and over again that life is precious. Losing loved ones is very difficult. And losing people who are so young and have so much to offer is very painful.
In times like this I am reminded of two things - first (and this is a theme you see over and over again on this blog), we really need to make time for those who are important to us. We never know how long we have with people, and we need to make the best of that time. This means working through issues, sharing love, and basking in each others presence.
Second - there is the promise of new life. In the church year we are still in the Easter season. We are continually reminded of the fact that Jesus defeated death and new life is promised to us all. This does not eliminate pain or grief. It does not mean that we are always happy and just moving past difficult issues. It means that in the midst of our grief, Christ is there. He is weeping with us, wrapping his arms around us, and loving us into his kingdom.
Please keep Jennifer and Amy and her family in your prayers.