Acquainted with grief

by sarahmfry, February 25, 2009
These are the times when words aren't adequate. My Uncle Stan (Mom's brother) fell 25 feet tonight and....he's gone.

Our family is familiar with sorrows and acquainted with grief. We've done this before. Many times. But it does not get easier with practice.

Many people, mercifully, never experience these griefs of unexpected tragedy. It does something to you. I think you cherish life more and yet hold it more lightly. I don't know many 31-year-old young mothers who long for heaven. Now - not later when you're 90. I have so much treasure there.

My words are faltering, my kids need to be put to bed and I need to think about packing for a trip to Kansas to be with those who are dearest to me. To cry together and say I love you a lot.

Uncle Stan has a wife and 4 kids about my age. And a bunch of grandkids.

What do people do who don't have an Abba Rock?

EL-ROI - "The Strong One who Sees"

He sees.

JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH - "The Lord who is present"

He's here.

JEHOVAH-ROPHEKA - "The Lord our Healer"

He heals.

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