Monday, August 13, 2012

Back in the homeschool classroom ... the pain of grief

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplications, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ." --Philippians 4:5

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound....

Twenty-seven is too young to experience the painful, dark world of death while others continue the business of life.  And when cancer creeps in to claim a young life, it leaves those behind feeling empty with a hole in their hearts left by the absence of the one who is gone.

During our homeschool days, as my children grew older, a particular joy was to be involved in the lives of many home-educated students during my years as teen coordinator with the local homeschool organization. I grew close to dozens of young people who remain friends to this day, years after they've grown to adulthood and moved on into the world, some even beginning families of their own.

One of those was 27-year-old Hannah whose heart is breaking tonight at the loss of her best friend after death crept in today and took him away.  As it often does, the insidious, evil, life-draining disease known as cancer claimed another victim and, when it did, deeply wounded my sweet friend.

Her faith will pull her through as well as her family and friends but may not be able to completely comfort or understand the pain or totally ease the loss. The Bible verse above is from her Facebook page where dozens of friends have left condolences.

Because her heart hurts, my heart hurts, and I offer up a prayer that she finds peace and comfort to make it through the difficult days ahead. Such tragedy should not come this early in life and yet, sadly, for many it does. Hopefully, we can be there when we are needed....

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. -- Psalm 48:14

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