There was a tragic crash in Alabama yesterday in which 10 individuals lost their lives. Nine of those individuals were children ranging in age from 4- 17, as reported by ABC news.
I was sitting on my couch flipping through channels when I heard the news. After watching video footage of the wreckage, I turned the TV off and took a few minutes to focus on the heart wrenching event.
As a parent I cannot begin to imagine the grief of losing a child in such a violent way. And yet, my limited understanding of such grief would only be temporary. The children who died had other friends and adults who cared for them, and these individuals will be grieving for much longer, perhaps for the rest of their lives.
We have all had our share of grief or times of great difficulty. It is during these kinds of moments when people often draw comfort from their faith and the belief in an afterlife. Yet, these are also moments in which people can lose their faith, if for no other reason than they cannot reconcile how a loving God could permit such tragedies to occur.
My hope is that for all those who lost loved ones yesterday, that their emotional pain will pass, and they will find the reconciliation they are looking for.