In just one week, the community in which we live has been jarred by four separate tragedies (that I know of). A murder-suicide, a young father killed in a farming accident, another father dying of sudden heart attack, and a 5-month-old baby (who doesn't live here, but whose parents both grew up here, thus there is lots of family here) dying of SIDS this morning. I do not know any of these people...I just know people who know or are related to these people. It is heart-breaking and gut-wrenching and so painful. A lady I was talking to at Bible Study this morning said, "At times like these, I just have to go through the facts: God is sovereign. God is in control. God is good. God loves me. God loves my family. God will take care of us. I just have to keep going through the facts." These are facts that we as Christians know and believe in and there is nothing else that can sustain us during these difficult days. It doesn't answer the why's or the questions of how life will go on. But it sustains.
We have seen that life is short. We will lose people we love. So do me and yourself a favor: tell people you love them, spend time with them, look them in the eyes, have no regrets. If you can, listen to Point of Grace's song "How you live." Take it to heart. Do what it says. Then abide by the two greatest commandments: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. Love your neighbor (all people) as yourself.
I don't mean to simplify the tragedies. I'm sorry if it sounds like that. I'm mostly just trying to remind myself that God is good all the time and to relish in the blessings He has given for as long as I have them here on this earth.