My heart is breaking tonight. One of my very best friend’s is losing her nephew. He’s only one week old. Her brother and his girlfriend welcomed a beautiful baby boy into this world one week ago today. They held him, fed him, and loved him at first sight. Then in just a short 24 hours everything changed. He developed an infection and a host of other things eventually bringing us to today where they were faced with an impossible to comprehend situation. I’m not going to go into too many other details out of respect for the family.
I try to take comfort in knowing he will soon rest in Jesus’ arms. It’s just times like these when life isn’t fair. It doesn’t make any sense. It hurts. My heart breaks for this family. We’ve seen this little boy bring so many people together and restore broken relationships in his short week here on Earth, but how can it be over so soon? Why? We will never understand why God needs him more than us.
I have no words for his family. I feel like I’m experiencing all the stages of grief in one evening. I can only imagine how they are feeling. I want to hold my child close and never let her go. There are no words that can bring comfort in a situation like this. Hugs, tears, memories of those first 24 hours with him in his parents arms and holding one another close this past week. Those will be what this family needs to get through each moment from here on out.
Be present with your loved ones. Hold them close. Tell them you love them and let things go. Know that this earth is fleeing and eternity is near.