I'm sure that most of us can remember where we were or what we were doing 6 years ago today. I know it's hard for those who survived or those who lost to believe that life goes on for the rest of us. That's the way that grief is. What they probably don't realize is that even if you lost your loved one in a "normal" way, you would have that same feeling! I know I do. Sometimes it is hard for me to talk to other friends that Laura and I shared and not see their hearts wrenched by her absence. Don't they remember? Don't they miss her? Of course they do, but life seems to march on. We should not forget. But we should also not dwell on death. We look at death as the end. But, for believers in Christ, it is really on a beginning, or a transition into our true life, into the life for which we were created. I love this quote from the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, who went Home to the Lord last week:
“Now, I know that someday I am going to come to what some people will say is the end of this life. They will probably put me in a box and roll me right down here in front of the church, and some people will gather around, and a few people will cry. But I have told them not to do that because I don’t want them to cry. I want them to begin the service with the Doxology and end with the Hallelujah chorus, because I am not going to be there, and I am not going to be dead. I will be more alive than I have ever been in my life, and I will be looking down upon you poor people who are still in the land of dying and have not yet joined me in the land of the living. And I will be alive forevermore, in greater health and vitality and joy than ever, ever, I or anyone has known before.” --Dr. D. James Kennedy, 1930-2007
So, if you pray, please say a prayer for those who are on a grief journey from this tragic disaster or other losses. Please also pray for the family of Amy Wilhoite, a beautiful young Mom who lost her battle with Leukemia yesterday. She leaves behind a husband and a young toddler son and many others who love her. Today she lives and walks in Ultimate Healing with her Creator!