Reflecting On Loss

Death is an unwelcomed visitor. It visits our homes, our schools, our jobs and any where there is life. It snatches our hopes, dreams and plans and brings no comfort but pain and longing. It doesn’t care about your class, your caste, your financial health or your physical health. It comes and it takes away.

It is a painful time for us; we have lost a church family member and are taking it hard. But there is so much to be thankful for, and so much to reminisce on, that the blessings of a life well-lived often overshadow our grief. Plus, we have this hope that burns within our hearts. We hope and look forward to seeing our loved ones again, believing in the promises of Jesus Christ in John 14 and onwards.

How do you find comfort when death takes your loved ones away? What and who do you turn to? Do you have someone or something to turn to, and does it help? As a Christian family, we cling to our faith, the Holy Scriptures and each other. We trust in the words of Christ that say “blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” Matthew 5:4.

Yesterday, the world tragically lost basketballer Kobe Bryant, one of his daughters, and seven other individuals in a helicopter crash. The immediate families must be devastated, many fans are at a loss for words and the world at large is mourning. We sometimes forget how fragile life can be and every now and then, we get a reminder that we don’t want. If you are hurting (in any way), please seek help. If you know someone who is hurting or who has lost someone, please reach out and help however you can. We need each other more and more as time passes by.

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