This past week two of our friends experienced what must be one of the most painful experience I can imaging–the death of a child.
I learned about both deaths through social media. Though we were very good friends with one couple years ago, distance and time have separated us. The other couple is a friendly acquaintances who live closer and with whom we have many mutual friend.
Many have stated that for a parent to bury a child is unnatural–it is. And I can’t imagine the pain. And while my mind has frequently returned to these two couples prompting me to pray for them more than daily. Any words of comfort I could offer sound so shallow. (I wrote a reflection year ago reflecting on the shallowness of my word when trying to comfort someone at a funerals–I’ll share that tomorrow.)
In the midst of think and praying for these two couple, Mary Anne had a quick two-day trip that involved 15 hours of driving. That gave us the opportunity to listen to the abridged version of Mary Beth Chapman’s book, Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope.
I highly recommend this book:
to anyone going through struggle and lose
to anyone who has struggle with depression
to anyone who struggles to minister comfort to those who are experiencing lose.
You will find the book honest and real,
it will make you cry and laugh,
and hopefully it will help you as you navigate struggle
or help you understand those who are wading through deep waters.