My heart is breaking apart today for a family I personally do not know.
They are experiencing some of the deepest grief known to man, that of the loss of a child. I can’t even begin to imagine.
My daughter graduated with this young man. Her boyfriend played football with this young man.
In times like these there are no words—none–that bring relief from the anguish and grief. Every word, every platitude, even the beautiful true words of scripture can ring hollow in the waves of helplessness and hopelessness. The questions of why?? The search for answers that are not to be found.
My friends, despair is a very real enemy. The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10a) Despair is a darkness with no light. The words “If Only….” are meaningless when trapped in the darkness of despair. I know this full well.
Who do you need to check on today? Who needs to hear from you that you love and care for them? Who needs to know today that you have not forgotten them, that they are not alone, that there is hope? Who needs to know that you see, that you know, that you care?
We are called to love each other. With a love that this world does not understand. With a love that is all-encompassing, that is strong, that is gentle, that is genuine, that is forgiving, that is real, that is not of ourselves but is of God. I need to learn to love more like my Jesus. I need to learn to love.
What can we do for this grief-stricken family in our community? Seaford Baptist Church, what can we do as a church family to meet the needs of this family and our community in this time of deep sadness?
Yes, even the beautiful true words of Scripture can ring hollow at times like this. But the circumstances of this imperfect and very fallen world do not make them any less true, and today, especially, may all that are grieving and mourning-wherever or whatever your circumstances may be-find some measure of comfort in Psalm 34:18:
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.