Today, our community mourns. Our hearts broken, our tears over flowing, our sadness and despair indescribable. Last night; a recent graduate from our high school, a good friend of my son and so many others, a young man who believed deeply in God, a brother and a son of an amazing family, died in a tragic car accident…

The questions run rampant in our brains. Why? Why him? Why that family? What kind of God allows this to happen??

There are no easy answers to this question. No reason, no explanation, no comfort to be found.

Some may say “it was his time”. Some may say “he’s been called home”. Some may say “God needed him more than we did”.

Faith.  Our faith is tested when tragedy happens. Our faith waivers in times of loss.

But faith is also knowing that even though there is no reason or answer, there is love. There is the love of our family, our friends, our community, our God. Love that will hold us up when we cannot stand. Love that will give us strength when we have none. Love that surrounds us and warms us when we are cold.  Love that heals…love that hopes….love that keeps our memories alive and our hearts tender…

And faith reminds us to love each other and cherish every moment we have with our loved ones.

May God bless and hold his family gently in His loving arms.

Rest in peace sweet Elijah.

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