I’m walking through the valley again this week as I mourn the unexpected sudden death of my son Caleb from natural causes. Pain wrenches my soul, and I have prayed prayers of angry lament, though realizing this time that God, my son, and I are not to blame. I thanked God for the time I had with my son, and we did share some wonderful adventures. Pray for our family as we navigate this terrible terrain.
Last night we had a wake for Caleb that many of his friends attended. We shared our hurt and our pain. We told our stories about a young man who cared for others and who loved to have fun with his friends. In addition to telling about my memories of Caleb, I shared these verses from Ecclesiastes 7:1-3:
“A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth. It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of easting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.”
Live your lives with love for others and tell them that you love them. Don’t fret about the past having been better; enjoy the day that God has given you so that he can make the world better through you. Pray hard, and trust.