I woke today, just another day. Tuesday. I headed to Bible study, the chiropractor, took my mom to an appointment and went to the grocery store. Everything pretty typical. Just another day. Yet, it wasn’t just another day. It was a day that I was super aware of the gift of this day, of this time.
A family in our community lost their son/brother/grandson/nephew. A real tragedy. A family of 6 became 5 overnight. In an instant, their world changed. My world didn’t change…or did it? Today I mourned along with my entire hometown. Everyone I know knows someone in this family & we would like to help, but unfortunately, there is nothing we can do. We are at a loss, but we long to find something we can do. The town can think of little else and as we go about our “normal” day, we know that inside the walls of that home there are tears, hugs, and folks poring over photos of happier times. This family is surrounded by love and I have no doubt that they will survive, but right now they are in pain and the community wishes we could take the pain away.
Not having a better idea, I decided to buy some paper products and drop them off at their home. When I pulled into their driveway, I noticed their garage doors were open. I got out of my car with my packages and walked up to a garage full of drinks, cases of water, paper plates, jugs of juice, etc. I was struck by the overwhelming amount of items that people had been dropping off. I didn’t see a family member and I didn’t need to. They know that people are heartbroken on their behalf because they would be hurting if it happened to any other family. They would be the first ones there with gifts and prayers. No words can express our deepest sympathy and paper plates and cases of water can’t either, but maybe the love behind all of them will be felt and ease the burden a tiny bit.
Today was just another day, but as I went through my normal routine, I was aware that there is nothing normal for them. They will need to figure out their new normal and it will take a long time, but from the looks of it, they will have enough paper plates and love to get them until that time. Until then we will keep on praying.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4