Sad News

My heart is very heavy this morning for a dear family we know. Their youngest son, age 13, died yesterday. When these kind of things happen it is so surreal, I look around me and back on the previous busy and carefree days, and think how everything is now different for this family, even different for us being friends of theirs. The older four were still awake when we heard the news, and it was difficult for them. They have only experienced a few deaths in their whole lives, and only now are getting to an age where it will affect them emotionally, and permanently. It is hard being the friend of one grieving; I just want to make a big feast of food or put together a big flower arrangement or compose some lovely cards or even go clean their house, anything to make the situation better. But oftentimes nothing tangible is needed or even wanted, I know from my own experiences with loss. So, I pray, knowing it is the very best thing I can do. Aliyah shared the verse from Lamentations 3 with them: Your mercies never fail, they are new every morning… and I pray, pray, pray, that in spite of the dark night they just went through that this family was able to wake up to some new mercy from our Savior.

I love this song, it was a comfort when Micaiah died:

In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.

Refrain:
Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.

2 Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.

3 Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose,
God leads His dear children along;
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,
God leads His dear children along.

4 Away from the mire, and away from the clay,
God leads His dear children along;
Away up in glory, eternity’s day,
God leads His dear children along.

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