Acquainted with grief

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.

Comments

Sharlyn said…
Hugs and Prayers, dear e-sister. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Michele said…
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Tamra said…
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Charity said…
So sorry for your family's loss, Sarah. What DO people do without God?! In my prayers tonight...
Angie Davis said…
Oh Sarah, I'm so very sorry! We'll be praying that God brings peace and comfort to your family. :(
Rob and Deanna said…
Pastor Eisenhart just told us about this, this evening. We all will be praying for you & your family. Is your Mom on choir tour with your dad too?
Anonymous said…
How very tragic!

Jesus must have mixed feelings as we sometimes do. He weeps with grief along with us and yet rejoices that another has made it home.
I don't know you, but I want to tell you I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you in the next few house and days.
Janiece said…
Oh Sarah, I'm SO sorry to hear this! You all are in our thoughts and prayers! If we can do anything, please let us know!
Mary Ellen said…
I'm so sorry for the loss of your loved one - there has been so much sadness with families I know lately (the death of the Brent Bigger family, a high school friends 8 year old daughter passed away in her Mother's arms completely unexpectedly and seemingly for no apparent reason in their home last week, a 17 month old girl in our church who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer three weeks ago) and I've thought the same thing so many times...how in the world do people face these types of things alone if they don't know God? I'm so glad you know God and that He will be with you as your family grieves.
Kimberly said…
So, so sorry.

And yes, life certainly teaches us to hold tightly and loosely at the same time.
sankey family said…
Sarah, I'm so sorry. I am praying for you. Love you.
Misty said…
Sarah, so sorry to hear of your family's loss. We will be praying...
Misty said…
It first I didn't realize who your uncle was, but was just praying for you because of it being you.....I had forgotten you were related to Gabe...it's been almost 5 years...I was hugely pregnant with Kaylee at the time, yet the details are all the clear....Wes (my husband) and Dustin were cousins...

I know this time of grief brings back extra memories of those who have gone "before their time". Yes, your family had had more than it's share, you all will definitely be in our prayers.

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