I've never met this family, but they live a few short blocks from where I live, and they are friends and former neighbors of our kids. Last Saturday, one of her 2 brothers found the body of little 3 year old 'Sammy' (Samantha) in their swimming pool..
I, like probably most of the people in our city, have shared their grief and prayed without ceasing for this family during these days. Today at 1 is the funeral at Lakepointe Church. As I was out doing errands this morning, I drove past our church and couldn't stop the tears as I thought of this mom and dad and the tiny casket that would be there in just a few hours.
As I thought of them last night, I began a note to let them know that I am praying for them. What God gave my heart as I prayed, was this...
"God knew exactly to the final second, how long Sammy's life would be, long before she was born. He also knew what parents and brothers she would be entrusted to for those short years. They would have to be very special, as He knew how deeply loved He wanted this child to be, and how short her time on this earth was going to be.
Doug & Ann, you were hand picked to be Sammy's mommy and daddy. What a life changing privilege for both of you, to be her parents, to love and cherish her and to be her family. Bryan and Ben, God knew Sammy would need 2 very special boys to be her brothers, and He put this exact family together... the family He chose. He could have chosen anyone, He chose YOU, all 4 of you.
Somehow, in all the pain, I pray that your comfort will also be that last Saturday, when Sammy went to be with Jesus, to be held in His loving arms, was the exact day that He had planned. Not a minute or hour sooner, or later. Nothing could change that, God had already ordained it... He knew.
The heart of our Father also understands the deep grief you are bearing. When He sent Jesus, He sent His only son, and He felt the pain of a fathers heart. He holds every tear that you shed, in a special place with your names on it.
Sammy will always be your little girl and your sister. When you get to heaven, you will be the ones she runs to."...
Somehow just sharing this helps. I ask for your prayers for this family. Pain strikes the grieving heart without warning, and they will have a long road ahead.
Knowing God, and knowing that He holds all of life in His hands, the beginning and the end, is going to be their strength, as it is for each one of us.