The sun rises in our capital city today, but things are different.
Yesterday, a fire in a very large waterfront home tragically took the lives of 4 children (cousins from 2 different families) and 2 adults, their grandparents. I heard about it midday, when a beloved friend called – very, very upset. Her kids were friends with those kids, and she would have to deliver unthinkable news…
I don’t know the families, had never met the children or their grandparents, but….well, I guess when you have kids, this kind of news is just especially gut wrenching. So awful. Devastating. How would I as a parent, feel? Instinctively, I hold my breath just imagining the sudden free-fall into darkness. I reel like this every time a story hits, literally, “so close to home.”
I look at the barren trees this morning and in my mind hear my youngest son’s words: “The trees are sleeping.” That’s what he said, back in the fall, when the preschool class was learning about seasons, and I immediately fell in love with the analogy – perfect for a 4-year old and 42-year old alike.
A cold, dreary winter combined with sad news can make people huddle and hide, withdrawing from the light. Right now, we can’t see it for all the bleak grayness of the world, but something new and beautiful will be visible in time. I have faith. I believe. I will hold a candle for those who can’t right now. I believe – in Him.
And Jesus said,
“I am come a light into the world,
that whosoever believeth on me
should not abide in darkness.”
– John 12:46
Only believe, only believe;
All things are possible, only believe.
Fear not, little flock, whatever your lot,
He enters all rooms, the doors being shut;
He never forsakes, He never is gone,
So count on His presence in darkness and dawn.
“Only Believe,” Paul Rader
(From The Bible Promise Book for Women, Barbour Publishing, Inc., 2014, p.13)