“Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” Bob Pierce
According to Wiki Answers.com 250,000 to 300,000 people die each day. Those figures are mind boggling to me.
Someone’s heart is breaking on a continual basis, lives are changed forever, and at times… families are even torn apart because the grief is so unbearable.
I don’t pretend to know the heartache of losing a child. I have lost my grandparents, my dad, aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. I understand death is a part of life and to lose a loved one hurts us deeply, yet every death is someone’s child.
As you know, this week alone three celebrities have died, as have hundreds of thousands of others not mentioned, many of whom we have very little knowledge. It saddens me to watch the news and see the reactions of some of the populace, especially those who are trying to profit from the death of another, or who slander their names.
We are all sinners, we have all made mistakes. Most of us are fortunate enough not to have our sins on the five o’clock news, plastered on the web, or in every printed paper or magazine on the rack.
If I were a celebrity and had died about 32 years ago, the headlines about me may have read something like this…
Janice (previous last name here)…dead from alcohol poisoning and drug overdose. Remembered by her children as one who didn’t pay them enough attention, yelled too much and was too wrapped up in the hurt of her past to deal with her present. (That would be the ‘toned down’ version) Not very flattering is it?
The thing that is different for me is that God spared me, he allowed me time for repentance. He put people in my life, whose friendship I accepted, who taught me “a more excellent way.” He allowed me time to leave behind my life of sin, of hate and un-forgiveness. Some people never find a way out of their pain and others look in all the wrong places.
I ask you… say a prayer for all the families who are grieving today, whose hearts are breaking. Pray especially that you will be the light for someone else, someone that does not know the joy of having a Savior. Reach out to them; share your hope with them.
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.” Ps 39:5
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Eph 4:32