Last night a young woman from my hometown was killed in a car accident. When you’re from a town as small as Cleo Springs, you don’t get to pick who your friends are because everyone is your friend. I’ll always remember Kristie as a woman who fiercely loved her family and friends, and always had a cheerful smile on her face. The world is a little bit dimmer without her light shining bright here with us.
Loss has been seemingly constant over the past few years in my small world, but I guess that’s what happens as you get older. Bad things happen and you just have to keep on living, whether you want to or not. I think a lot of times it’s a struggle trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you lose someone. It’s hard not to have thoughts of why and what ifs running through your head. I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose a parent or a sibling, and I pray I never know the pain of losing a child. The unbearable torture that must bring is just not something anyone can fathom unless it becomes reality.
The one thing I DO know is that there is still life after loss. You have to move forward. Minute by minute, day by day just moving forward. Normal doesn’t exist anymore, but there’s a new “normal” that takes over, and eventually you find yourself smiling again. And whether you realize it or not, you still have a PURPOSE here on this hunk of dirt we call Earth. You still have a reason for being.
I can tell you two things for sure…
- My purpose in life is dang sure not to run on the beach like this guy… (or run anywhere for that matter!)
- When you lose someone you love and you aren’t sure where to turn… try opening up your B-I-B-L-E. There are SO many verses that can restore your faith (or ignite it if you have yet to believe). I really feel like there is no place you can find more comfort – no persons arms, no bottom of a bottle, no place on Earth – than in the good book!