My hometown is reeling after such tragedy yesterday... 5 boys passed away. I didn't know any of these boys too personally, but it breaks my heart to know that their families and friends (including my little brother) are experiencing such deep pains from losing a loved one. My heart aches for them, but at the same time I feel comforted in the fact that these boys are in a much better place! I know that they are surrounded with love in Heaven right now.
It is in these times of tragedy that we can choose to question all that we thought we knew to be true- or we can choose to take comfort in what we know to be true. I have questioned everything I'd ever believed about life and death, and I came out with a stronger belief in everything I'd learned.
1. I believe that we were given the choice to come to earth and learn.... We were aware of the heart ache and trials that would accompany life on earth, and we still chose to come. It is the only way that we can learn and grow.
2. I believe that families are forever. Death is so tragic but it truly helps my sadness to know that death is not the end. Our loved ones that have passed on are in a happy place, surrounded by love, and we will be in their arms again! This knowledge brings me such comfort!
3. God is good. He is not cruel. Miracles are born everyday as babies come straight from Heaven! What a perfect reminder of how much God loves us as he sends us sweet spirits each day. We would not be able to fully experience the joy of life, without experiencing the tragedy of losing life. I wish it wasn't so, but the heartache teaches us to love harder and more deeply.
(I realize that not everyone will agree with what I'm saying, and that's ok! I have come to know in my heart that these things are true. I believe it all. But this knowledge is something that each of us must search and yearn for. We must figure it out for ourselves.)
I will be spending this Memorial Day holiday remembering those that have sacrificed for our country, I will remember to not take our freedom for granted, and I will be praying for those who need comfort and love during this sad time. I will also hold my husband a little closer, and tell my family how much I love them. I guess we need times like this to remember how precious life is, and to realize how truly blessed we are.
I am so grateful for this guy and our life together. So blessed!