…. LHS graduate was man of faith, well loved. . . . divers recovered the body of 20-year old
Hill. . . .the family of Hill waited at the entrance to the quarry.” Sudden tragedy, the death of a young man, so well known in the community that the sports editor wrote of his athletic accomplishments and his pastor’s commentary took up a third of a page, leaves us asking God why didn’t you intervene and prevent this accident from happening? It’s as if we needed to find the fault of this accident and so we put the responsibility upon God.
I write this in some ways to try to give comfort to those who are in grief. Grief, writes
Graham, is a certainty-something most of us will experience at sometime in life. “When death separates us from someone we love there is a time when we think no one has suffered as we have. But grief is universal.” It is the method of handling grief that is unique and personal.
It will not help lessen the pain or the grieving during these times but maybe it will help one to understand what I have come to learn. In the providence of God (the timely preparation for future eventualities) a time was given where I would be born and to whom were to be my parents, I had no choice in this matter, it was all determined prior to the foundation of the Earth. There is also a date set as to when I will die. I do not know that date nor the surroundings concerning my future demise only that this event will happen, that is certain.
Eric also was born exactly at the time appointed in accordance with the providence of God. He had the same purpose that we all have in life. To discover in the span of his lifetime those things that made him unique, a one of a kind person. The attributes that he acquired in life that made him the type of person that the community would honor him so. Grief arises because something or someone of value has been lost and the griever is faced with the emptiness and difficult task of readjusting.
But, for us Christians, we have hope. Death is not the end of existence; it is the beginning of life eternal. Even for the Christian grief is normal.
Christ demonstrated the importance of grieving. “Blessed are those who morn,” he said, “for they will be comforted.” He also withdrew by himself (perhaps to grieve) when he learned that
John the Baptist had been executed. And in the
Jesus was “deeply grieved.” So we take heart in knowing that the final outcome for us is the blessed hope that there will be a reunion such that all our tears will be wiped away.
Paul the Apostle writes, to be absent from the body is to be in the presence of the Lord. It is a statement that we all need to ponder.