Today, little Everly is holding on to life for one last day. Her time on earth will span a mere three weeks, but during that time she has captured thousands of hearts and inspired so many people to pray for her and her parents. I have been weepy all day as I have thought of my cousin and his family and what they are facing with Everly. It’s so hard, so painful, to let someone go when what you really want is to hold fiercely on to your loved one for your own sake.
At the same time, I’ve learned of two deaths within the last couple of days that also have me thinking. One was an elderly lady who lived a long and full life and went home to Jesus “full of days,” as the Bible says–but she will still be missed by her family. The other was a young man who took his own life instead of seeing it as the treasure it is. Life is such a precious gift that I hate to see anyone throw it away. Now, a family is reeling with shock and grief and their lives will never be the same.
This year has gotten off to a hard start. So many people are missing their loved ones. Suffering is everywhere. It would be so nice if we could just avoid suffering, but I don’t believe that was ever God’s intent. It’s part of what makes us human and it helps us to feel compassion for others. So I’m not trying to shrug off my sadness about a relative losing a longed-for baby. It’s right to feel sad. And the sadness reminds me to pray for God’s grace and comfort in the days and months and years to come.
Everly looking at her daddy, Nathan.