Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Oh the Sadness of it All

I attended two funerals yesterday. One for Hannah Takens and one for Holli Greenman. I didn't know either of these high school girls, but I know a lot of people who knew them. I will say that it is a shame that two young girls had to leave this life so soon. When they got in the car on Thursday night to head home, they had no idea that their life would end in mere minutes. They had no idea that they would never play softball again, never play basketball again, never go to another homecoming dance, never finish high school, never go to college, never get married, never have children, never face breaking up with a boyfriend, never face seeing their own parents and grandparents pass away, never experience the pain of seeing their own friends die, never experience any more pain in general. Really, when it's all said and done, we get the short end of the stick. They're done with sickness and pain and suffering for good. And here we are...left to grieve their loss. And when the grieving is done, we'll move on to grieve over something else...parents, boyfriends, girlfriends, grandparents, children, husbands, wives. Yes, grieving is something we must face day in and day out for as long as we walk this earth...after all, it is a place full of death. Though it was never intended to be that way, it is, and here we are always looking ahead. In our short-sightedness, it seems that there is more heartbreak...more disappointment...more pain...just around the corner. And every corner seems no different. Yet, if we lift our head just a little bit, we can see on the horizon what is clearly a life of endless possibilities and, best of all, no more death. Lord, help me to not be short-sighted...help me to see that life is coming...and please send life soon!