When Tragedy Strikes a Community

My husband and I have been away in South Africa for the past week.  We had a wonderful trip with friends accompanying us from the United States.  Africa is such a huge continent and South Africa is a land of extreme beauty and contrast.

After the cold of North Dakota, it was wonderful to feel the sunshine and see the ink blue sky.  I loved waking early to the beautiful African sunrise and listening to the birds singing their morning song.  Breath taking!

After forty eight hours on the road we arrived back to the news that one of our students from Trinity had died in a motor vehicle accident.  Two of his friends were in the car with him when they hit a stationary semi-truck that had stopped in the passing lane.  The other two young men are in hospital but both of them should make a complete recovery.

Our Trinity community is reeling at the moment.  However, it is time for all of us to take stock and remember

1.  Life is short

2.  We never know when our time will come

3.  We must not allow anger, bitterness, or any other recrimination to fill our hearts

4.  We must not pretend - we are all grieving and that is absolutely natural

5.  We all feel our pain and loss immensely

6.  We never believed something like this could happen to such a fine young man

7.  We do not weep as those without hope because we know that this young man is safe in the arms of Jesus.

And so my friend, live today to the fullest.  Make each moment count.  Tell family and friends you love and appreciate them.  Don't be petty because life is too short.  Don't live with anger and unforgiveness in your heart.  Seize the day! 

 

I am and always will be,

recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,

Carol