I've never faced this grief myself. I cannot imagine the jumble of emotions, lightening quick, that would course through my body, my brain...my heart..
To know I will not see my child, my baby (yes, no matter how old they become) ever again, this side of Heaven...
Yet I'm compelled to pray...
for parents I don't know...over children I will not meet...
The situation that brought this result is immaterial to me as I pray. Whether by accident, disease, by the action of someone else, or by the child's own hand, the result is still the same.
A child is gone from this world.
A heart is stilled.
A dream is shattered.
Hope is lost.
Futures are ended.
And parents mourn.
I know of One who knows what the parents are going through. He lost His child too.
The more I see publicity taking its potshots, and discussing the death of Trayvon Martin over and over on the television and social media, I can't help but feel so sad for his parents. They are dealing with loss compounded by public opinion at every turn.
Celebrities, Pastors, laywomen, Royalty, blue collar workers; none are immune to a quick decision that has immediate, life-altering results.
And I am compelled to pray.
I can't fix it.
The result is the same.
I'm not going to take a stand here about George Zimmerman's court case verdict.
I can't answer any questions, because I have not been in the same situation.
I don't know how I would react, in a similar scenario.
But this I do know.
Tonight, and in the days to come, I'm lifting parents who have lost a child.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. --Matthew 5:4
Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. --John 16:22
The Lord comforts His people and will have compassion on His afflicted ones. --Isaiah 49:13
If you are grieving tonight, please leave a comment, and I will include you in my prayers. Thank you for the opportunity to pray for you.