Somehow, writing yesterday’s post was cathartic. Am I the only one, or does seeing your thoughts "in blint" (blog print) help you sort through them? I guess the same result could be achieved in a simple journal, but I don’t write by hand nearly as fast as I type, so this is an easier venue for me. For those of you who commented, thank you. Your words were an encouragement to me personally, and your prayers–although on behalf of this hurting family–bless me as well.
The older children were at school today, somewhat of a surprise, but I think being with their friends, being encouraged and affirmed by their classmates and teachers, will help them find a new normal. At home, nothing is normal, and I’m sure sinisterly lurking around every corner are painful, lingering reminders that Timothy is gone :(.
Their dad’s hearing is in a few weeks…I’ll keep you posted. For now, he’s home with his family.
I just read your post about the tragedy. Wow. I can’t imagine. The lives of the whole family turned upside down and destroyed, just like that. Awful beyond words. I’ll pray for them. And how painful for your family, also. I know God has a plan and a reason, though, right now, it’s hard to comprehend… Sending hugs and prayers.
I’ve often thought about what I would do if a tragedy hit our family – I suppose one thing (depending on age) is to keep the kids in school – trying to maintain as much normalcy as possible.
But I don’t know if this would work as well as they get older.
Robin, thanks for sharing the story and I’ll add you to my prayer list as well as that family. I feel like I’ve been surrounded by tragedy lately. It’s so hard to deal with. I know God is bigger than all of it but holy cow, we gotta live in this place! It’s not easy. My heart hurts sooooo much for your friends. You’re right that their lives are forever and irrevocably changed. Perhaps we can be changed, too… maybe our hearts will be softer, maybe we’ll be more forgiving and compassionate, maybe we’ll be moved to pray more. The only power we have is in how we respond to things like this. Love… it’s just about all we got.
Kila, You sound a lot like me…
Karmyn, Tad and I often consider what we’d do when we hear of any kind of unusual situation happening to others; I think it’s g o o d to try to plan how you’d HOPE you’d respond. It’s still hard to imagine the unimaginable, though.
Rachelle, Dead.On. I think more than just this family will be changed as a result.