Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"The house seems a little emptier now..."

"Took Amanda back to school today. The house seems a little emptier now. I guess I'll just have to harass Alex and Liz more!"

This was a friend of ours status on Facebook through last night... he posted it last Wednesday (I think).  I remember smiling when I read this post. Poor Alex & Liz! 

Last night, it wasn't the words "I guess I'll just have to harass Alex and Liz" that resonated in my heart, but the words "the house seems a little emptier now."  I cried...  my heart ached.  Amanda, our friend's oldest daughter, passed away yesterday.  Sunday evening, Amanda was riding her bike and was struck from behind in a hit and run accident.  She was taken to Methodist Hospital in critical condition.  Yesterday afternoon... the Lord took her home.  There are no words at a time such as this... only prayers... only the grace, mercy and comfort of our Father in Heaven.  This morning when I checked my Facebook account these words were part of our friend's status and they  hung heavy in my heart... "As for Amanda, I never thought I could feel this much pain before" I am not a mother.  I have never been able to have children.... I cannot fathom the depth of pain one feels at the loss of a child.  My heart aches for the family.  Their house will seem a little emptier now... one of them is gone.  This family is a family of deep faith... I am thankful for that as I know the strength of the Lord will be the balm that soothes their emptiness, their sadness... their loss.  Please pray for Roger, Angie, Alex, Liz and their entire extended family.   I am thankful that in Christ, death is not the end... and this family will be reunited again... in a house that if full of many rooms. A house where there will be no emptiness, no pain, no tears. 

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."  ~ Revelation 21:4

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
~Psalm 23:6


Denise said...

Oh Kristen, I will pray for this family. Dear friends of ours lost a son and a daughter in a tragic car accident almost 10 years ago. Their lives forever altered have traveled a very painful road.

Like you, I haven't been blessed with children and truly can't fathom the depth of this pain. Having watched our friends journey this road all I can say is "love them well" and pray.

I will be praying with you.


Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Oh Kristen~
I'm so VERY...VERY....VERY...sorry to hear about this lose.

Praying for this precious family, and all those who knew this little girl.

Praying that God's comfort, wraps each of you like a warm blanket!

On my knees,

Paula said...

What a horrible tragedy for that family. My heart hurts for them. I will certainly be praying for them.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

My heart breaks for them as well. I cannot imagine that level of grief; I pray I never have to...

A parent should never have to bury a child. Never.

Thanks for sharing this with us.


Joyce said...

I read this late last night before going to bed and I woke up in the night thinking of this family and the pain they are experiencing. I have prayed for them and will keep them in my prayers. There are some things I don't believe we will understand this side of heaven and a tragedy such as this is one of those things. Take care!

Amanda Taylor said...

Can't stop crying! I'll be praying for this family. My heart just breaks and goes out for them. Adding them to my prayer list. Oh how I wish there was more that I could do.

Cindy said...

Sending Prayers!
So terribly sorry to hear this news!

Ang Baylis said...

SO sad! I can't even imagine losing a child. I'm praying for them right now!
Angie xoxo