Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Loss of A Son--Very Sad

We had a very sad thing happen. The parents of one of the boys in my Sunday School lost their second oldest son in a truck-bicycle accident Friday night. We went to the viewing last night. The hours were from 3-8 p.m. and we got there at 6 p.m. right after I got home from work. The line was out the door and the half the length of the parking lot which resulted in almost a two hour wait. What a long day that must have been for this nice family!

Their son just graduated from high school two years ago and was riding his bike to work when he got hit by a truck. He was taken to the emergency room at the hospital but died later that evening although many people were praying for him. The good thing was that the family was there with him and they are comforted to know they'll see him again in heaven. Still, it's a very hard thing to cope with. Everyone feels so bad for them. Fortunately, this entire family are born-again Christians and have a lot of support from friends from their church. The funeral was held at Parma Heights Baptist Church today, but I didn't take off work to go because I'm taking off four days next week.

When I heard about this, it immediately reminded me of the book my husband and I just finished reading. It was titled "Mistaken Identity" about a family losing their college age daughter in an auto accident, but then not even knowing it until five months later because she was mistakenly identified as someone else and the girl who was in the hospital that they thought was their daughter, really wasn't! They were both Christian families involved in that incident too, and it showed how their faith helped them through it and how many people showed them kindness during that difficult time. It was nonfiction written by both families involved in the mixup.

Death of loved ones is very sad anytime, but I think even more so when it happens so unexpectedly. We need to look at each day we have as a gift from God and really make the most of it by living for Him. No matter if we live to 90 or 7, life is short compared to all eternity and what we do with Jesus now determines how we will spend eternity. Romans 10:13 says, For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.


Mandy said...

I didn't read the book, but I read about that family when they first found out. What an amazing story. I didn't know they had a book out - I'll have to go find it. I thought it was incredible the way both families clung to their faith and supported one another.

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