Monday, September 29, 2008

When Living Hurts

Life is weird sometimes.

There are good days and bad days, joyous seasons that put a spring in our step and nightmarish times that never seem to end. There is laundry to fold, kids to teach, dogs to feed, errands to run and dinner to cook. There are things to read, things to watch, things to write.

Then you hear news like this and the entire world just stops. I first read about this over the weekend and then watched a news report on the CBC evening news about it, last night. Some of you may know the Stauffer family, but whether you know them or not they are family in the Lord.

I find it striking that when something like this occurs to someone you know (and I don't know them personally, but I have read Terry's blog for a long time), your world seems to stop too. Suddenly the little things are much smaller and you couldn't care less about washing the dishes, no matter if the little things do actually matter and the dishes really do need to be done. Instead, you want to do something that takes this kind of pain away from someone. That's all you want to do, and you know you can't, and that makes it all the more frustrating.

Just after I watched the evening news last night that covered the Stauffer family's tragic news, I received news from another Christian family member that her sister had quite suddenly passed away. She was just diagnosed last month, and had only recently began treatment.

While I don't want to say "all you can do is pray" as if to say prayer isn't good enough, all you can do is pray. All you can do is leave it in God's ever-capable hands to bring comfort and peace and carry the family through this painful time. For whatever reason, we like to "fix" things and see immediate results and that's not always the way God does things when He handles things. Sometimes its a weird and frustrating battle within to make way for God to do what only He can do in the first place.

Our prayers are with the Stauffer family and the family of Amy today, and in the days ahead.

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