When time stands still.

Last week I came across a prayer group on Facebook for a little 2 year old girl who died from accidental drowning. The paramedics were able to revive her but later in the hospital it was determined that she had no brain activity. She was brain dead. Her parents had to make the gruesome decision to pull the plug.

Today I learned of a woman, mom of 2 children ages 2 and 5 months, lost her husband to a car crash. These poor babies oblivious to what is happening in their world right now.

And another woman who found out her baby girl, at 18 weeks gestation, had no heartbeat. Next step is to induce labor and deliver the body of her sweet daughter; how horrifying.

Each time I hear of someone losing someone they love, I recall vividly that feeling when I’ve lost someone.

You walk outside on a bright sunny day. People around you are going about their business. Heading to work, school, vacation, the store. They are happy and vibrant. Laughing and giggling. They are making plans for later today, tomorrow, next week.

Meanwhile the world around you stands still. It is like though you are here, you’re not really here. You are looking from a distance with a dark cloud hanging over wondering why everyone else hasn’t stopped too. Though you are driving down the street, it feels like you are parked in the midst of the freeway, and all the cars are zipping past at 70 mph.

I am thankful though that despite this feeling, I have hope. Hope in the resurrection of Jesus that despite my loved ones leaving this world entirely too early, I will see them again one day.

(My Lord, please be with these families today and in the days to come as they grieve the loss of their loved ones. Please provide them comfort and peace. In Jesus name. Amen.)

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