It's not that we didn't already know, that life isn't fair. Sometimes I feel like we are pros at rising above, holding our heads high when life is hand delivering us its worst.
The truth is, we are the face of knowing that life is anything but predictable. Life is anything but certain and there is never ever a day that is a given.
Loss has hit us close to home once again.
Last week we unexpectedly lost a high school friend. A man that my husband had formed this unexplainable friendship with as an adult. He was "one of us." A hardworking, genuine, independently successful man taken too soon. His loss rocked our small town to the core.
My husband had just talked to him on the phone the day before, texting back and forth that night. No more texts, no more jokes, no more secrets between friends. How can this be real?
Paul was no stranger to living life on the edge. He was fearless and lived every day to the fullest. At the same time he also was one of the most giving men we knew. He generously gave to causes and events that he was passionate about, including us here at Lily's Amazing Grace. His kind, humorous and giving spirit will be missed all around us.
The truth is, this isn't about us though. It's about who he was as a person, a husband, a father, a son and a friend. It's about his surviving family who will hold the deepest loss, the deepest sorrow, the rawest grief. It's about his wife, his son, his unborn daughter.
The cardinal is a symbol in Christianity of hope and restoration.
They are here to remind us that at times when circumstances are dark
and grim there is always hope.As we were walking away from Paul's grave site on Saturday a family member of his quietly whispered to me, "Trust in the Lord." How profound are those four words? Today we don't know why, we may never know or ever understand.
At times in our lives when things are most uncertain and there isn't an answer remember those four words, "Trust in the Lord," and know there is a plan for everything, even if you can't see it today.
It took me over a year to figure out our plan, but I am honored to carry it and I won't ever stray from it.