I don’t think I’ve cried so hard for a very long time. I was electrified, envious, and encouraged. Nearly impossible to put down, the book I held on my lap robbed me of sleep.
As a 14-year infertility patient, I had a high desire to connect with the 2 babies growing in my belly. We knew we had conceived on day 18 of that GIFT procedure, thanks to that first scheduled ultrasound, and we marveled at the flutter of two newly-formed beating hearts in what many call a ‘blob of tissue’. Long before my baby bump showed off the precious miracle, I prayed for, patted, sang and read to our little twins. But unknown to me at the time, what was happening inside my belly was more even miraculous than I could fathom!
We will all do our fair share of grieving in this life, some more than others.
It’s been a few years since Robert Rogers lost his whole family in a wall of water on a rainy, dark night. This grieving man had come to play piano to the residents of the nursing home where my mother lives.
She told me his story as chronicled in his book Into the Deep: One Man’s Story of How Tragedy Took His Family but Could Not Take His Faith (Focus on the Family Books).
Robert alone survived raging, rapidly rising flash flood waters which swept their silver minivan off I-35, trapping some and sweeping others out into the cruel torrent.
Wouldn’t you ask, “Why?”
Why did God allow this to happen?
Stunned and exhausted, but alive, Robert had to deal with intense grieving in the days ahead as he identified and buried his loved ones and returned to an empty home.
“As I stood in my home for the first time since the flood, the essence of my family engulfed me. Reminders of them surrounded me. But there was something else to remind me that they were gone: silence. There were no cheers as I came through the door, no cries in the other room, no whining over who pinched whom, no ‘I love yous,” and no music.”
In her 87 years, Ruth Graham gave us some tremendous marriage lessons. She took it as her calling to nurture and keep her whole family happy, especially Billy.
We all know that young adults make many of their most life-altering decisions before age 30, and yet in recent years the role models, those to whom they turn for direction about living life to its fullest, are current sports figures or celebrities than wise elders. Some say the fault lies at the feet of elders who decide to carry on in permanent youth rather than become a role model or pass along their accumulated wisdom.
Darlene Rose has earned her place as one of my favorite heroines; there is nothing dull about her life. I yearn for her willingness and spunk. Surely after reading her autobiographical book Evidence Not Seen, set during WWII in the Pacific islands, I think she’s right there in my heart with Corrie Ten Boom.
“Everything had happened so fast and without the slightest warning! Russell had said, ‘He will never leave us nor forsake us.’ No? What about now, Lord? This was one of the times when I thought God had left me, that He had forsaken me.