“To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die…”
“A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance…”
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-4, NKJV)
My friend died today. He was a believer, so I know where he is at. For a time, I was graciously allowed to be his pastor. He had been ill for over 10 years. The doctor’s never did find out what was wrong with him. He suffered greatly. He never complained though. He would say he was sick, yet he would not want pity or sorrow. I would come by the house and sit with him and just talk. Sometimes he couldn’t even get up off the couch, except to answer the door. Yet he always enjoyed seeing me. I loved him like a brother. His wife is left now with 3 sons all under 10 years of age.
Her parents were killed in the Murrow Building bombing in Oklahoma City on April 9th, 1995. Two sweet old folks who went to the Social Security Administration Office in the Murrow Building that morning to straighten out a problem. Murdered by an evil man, who thought he could punish the government by murdering innocent men, women, children, and these two elderly saints. Along with her parents dying that day, a few days later, she miscarried her first baby, due to the stress and shock of the bombing. Her baby was the 169th victim, though it is only recorded in Heaven.
As her pastor, she would often talk to me about her husbands health, fearing that he also would die. I comforted her as best I could. Today her fears came true. Last night he had a massive heart attack, and this morning he passed into eternity. He wasn’t even 50 years of age… And I am left without words for her and her sons.
Please pray for her and for her three sons. She had the unenviable task today of telling her sons their father was gone.
There is a time for everything in this life, as Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes; even the sorrowful things. There is no laughter, no dancing. It is a time of mourning. As Paul said, it is a time to, “…weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15, NKJV).