Time to love more deeply.

April 18, 2007 at 2:48 pm 4 comments

No where is faith more important than during a crisis like the one born when a family loses a child to death.  It is faith that carries us through the tragic loss of Willie McComb as well as the tragic and senseless shooting deaths of more than 30 members of the Virginia Tech University community.  Faith is very helpful to many of us who are believers; we believe that this life is not all there is.  It helps us to know that we will meet our sons and daughters again.

We are taught that there is a resurrection of the dead for all who rest in hope of the precious promise extended to us in eternal life.  Hopefully, building from that premise does give some consolation.  However to Willie’s parents, his brother and sisters, as well as his many friends who are hurting from the agonizing, gut wrenching grief that came out of no where, faith is not so much about where we are going so much as it is the empty seat at the table.

The complex days and nights of mourning for loved ones who are gone leaves us desperately needing to know that there is a God who has a master plan and a sovereign grace that can penetrate even the darkest days, giving ease to the angst that aches in places where only God’s love can penetrate.

I think it is important that Jesus doesn’t attempt to explain death, even when Lazarus his friend died, He simply weeps with the broken hearted family.  Those tears from the Savior tell me it is not so important to have answers as it is to have compassion.

I went to seminary 30 years ago, in part seeking answers to explain the senseless loss of life from the conflict in Southeast Asia.  In the thirty years since, I have learned tragedies cannot be explained.  There is no good answer to why an exceptionally gifted young man who loved life and loved people, leaves his family and friends for a day of skiing and never returns, just as there is no explanation for why another young man, so filled with rage and hate cuts down 32 of his fellow human beings.

The irony of faith is that most of us profess a faith for the future but where faith is needed most is in the immediacy of our day-to-day lives.  Days like today, days filled with pain and loss.

The Bible says that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  So that is what we must hope will come out of this tragic loss of our son, brother and friend, as well as the national loss we have suffered as a people.

I hope this loss of Willie McComb, the horror of Virginia Tech and the ongoing loss of precious life in a country multiple time zones away, teaches us to love more deeply and to extend a greater sense of respect and forgiveness to one another.

We all understand it is the loss of life that teaches us the value of life but it is the brevity of moments that encourages us not to waste days with anger and unforgiveness.

May all of us who dare to have a belief system founded in God use that faith to find solace in God’s love and presence, beauty in the gift He gives us each moment, and savoring every drop of life we have.


Entry filed under: Culture, Faith, Friendship, Jesus.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Maggie  |  April 20, 2007 at 8:28 am

    Thank you Greg, I am forwarding this to my niece who lost her twenty two year old son on the seventh of this month. I know this will give her comfort and strength.

    Like Kaylee, I too will treasure this forever and share it with others.

  • 2. Brooks  |  April 19, 2007 at 5:59 am

    Well said…

  • 3. Kaylee  |  April 18, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    thank you greg. i love what you wrote. i’ll treasure it forever. thank you for being here. -k

  • 4. CovenantBride  |  April 18, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    beautifully written and from tha heart…a long time ago, the Lord tol me, mourning has a beginnin & end, and it’s a work of the Lord…its when He sever the soul ties so tha who remains can one day remember without sorrow…

    theres a time to mourn and a time to dance…
    weepin endures fa a night, but joy comes in the morning…

    be bless… -g-

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