Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Heavy Heart.

 I want to write a post about how cute (or annoying) my kids are, or puppies we don't even have.  But that is not what is on my heart.  There is nothing on my heart right now but James.
 James is my brother Jeff's very, very close friend.  He is hilarious, amazing, & awesome.  He is a 21 year old youth pastor who organized a hike/picnic for his church on Friday.  He went swimming in a place you shouldn't, a majestically beautiful place where it's sometimes OK to swim, but not this time of year.  The undertows are something fierce and he and another man got swept away by them and down a crazy steep waterfall into rocks & rapids. 

The day after Jeffrey graduated high school his best friend Grant was killed in a car accident leaving Jeff's house.  This was beyond devastating, obviously. 

Now just about 2 weeks after Jeff graduates college, this tragedy happens to his best friend James.  WTH???  I am so heart broken for Jeff, for James' family, his friends.  Life is so crazy unfair. 
 To make matters worse, Jeff is in Europe with my mom, and I have no idea if he knows, how he is doing, or what he is going to do.  I wish I could be there to give him a big hug and a million hugs thereafter.  I wish I could know that he will be OK, that this won't break him.  

I take that back, it won't break him.  He has his faith, his friends, us.  He has gotten through this before.  But seriously??  He shouldn't have to.  He is so young.  This is so hard.  Why do these things happen???

I look at my beautiful children's innocent faces and I know that I am lucky, lucky that I have them.  You never know what will happen.  You just have to appreciate today & each other.
Please send prayers.  Prayers that they find James.  Prayers that his friends and family will be OK.  

Hug your loved ones.  Hold them tight.  Tomorrow is not a promise.

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Alaina said...

Oh no. I am praying for your brother, your family, James's family and friends, and the soul of James. I am so sorry to hear about this. You're right - this won't break your brother. He knows James's heart and that he is in a better place. But things like this are so unexplainable. So unfair. My heart and prayers go out to all of you.

guzzi guy said...

This is very sad. I also wish the best for your brother in his time of loss. James' pictures make me wish I had had the chance to meet him. Such a beautiful smile!

Cadie said...

I am so sorry. Life is never easy. I will be praying for his family and yours.