This has been a week of tremendous loss. The school shooting in Florida, a teacher at the local middle school, an inspirational icon in the bleeding disorder community, a founding member of our church, and my best friend’s dad.
We hear of yet another person walking into a school with an assault weapon, taking the lives of innocent students and teachers and we are out of our minds with anger, because it could happen in our own school.
We see a leader in the community who has defied the odds of living with a rare, genetic bleeding disorder unexpectedly pass away, wondering how and why.
A woman who lived a long life passed away at an old age. I wonder what she thought of what our world has become.
And my friend, the woman who I can talk for hours on end to and laugh about the craziness in my world…seeing her distraught over the loss of her dad and holding her hand has been one of the biggest honors I’ve ever had in my life.
I am not sure if you are close to anyone who is suffering loss right now, but if you are, I pray that you are able to be present with them. Hold their hands, catch their tears on your shirt as you hold them…you don’t need to have words, your presence may be all that they need.
Tonight my heart is heavy as I think about the people who are suffering loss. I am sending up prayers to my God for healing to begin. For peace to be felt and for them to feel love through the pain and sorrow.