"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints". Psalm 116:15
Wednesday was a surreal day for me. I was participating in a golf outing to benefit charities of a father of a teammate on my youngest daughters' soccer team who died two years ago, while I was still digesting the news I had received that morning of the death of a mother of a teammate on my youngest daughters' basketball team.
What struck me, were the similarities of these two people - both religious, family-oriented, fun-loving, kind-hearted, respected and loved by all who came into contact with them.
Both leave behind spouses with young children; one who has had the passage of time to learn to cope with loss; the other still trying to find their way as they prepare for the funeral service.
Both have children who are bright, kind, and full of courage in their own right, who understand that the suffering of their mother/father is now over and that "God took them home to suffer no more". Their words, not mine.
Both have family and friends who will see them through this time of sorrow, and others who don't even know them that well, but want to help because of what others told them about the way they had lived.
These two families - one white,one black - have so many similarities, and the one that stands out the most as I think of them, is a quote from Galatians 5:14 "Love your neighbor as yourself".
Both of these families do just that. They should be an example for all of us to follow.