Sunday, September 09, 2007

The shadow of death

I will be taking a break this week.

My nephew - just a few months shy of his 21st birthday - died in an accident today. He was a great kid and a believer, and I loved him so much. I don't understand it. It doesn't make sense. We are all in shock.

My family will all be gathering this week, grieving. I am about cried out, and I don't have any fancy words to say. It is just awful.

But I have to trust Him, cling to Him. Now more than ever.


Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for You are with me.

Psalm 23:4

116 comments:

Bugzmommy said...

I read your blog often...a lurker...but you are so inspiring.

I am praying for you and your family during this time. My the Lord keep you and bring you peace.

Qtpies7 said...

I'm Sorry for your loss. That is so sad. We've lost several teenage kids in our town in the last couple of years, all 3 of my teens have lost friends.

I praise God that you will see your nephew in eternity.

MomGoesInCircles said...

The sadness is only for us, remember he's up dancing and singing with our Heavenly Father. What a victory.

I'm so sorry for your sadness though

Name: Jenni said...

I too have been a lurker for a while and love your blog.

I just wanted to say that I am sorry for your loss. I hope you and your entire family find peace and comfort in the Lord during this difficult time.

Mindy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you all.

Erna said...

Sending some hugs your way as you face this loss.

Room for Grace said...

I am so very sorry. What a beautiful boy.
So hard to understand.

I am praying for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Katherine!

I am so sorry.

My heart is heavy for you!

I will pray for you and for your husband and for your kids over the next few days as you all struggle through this senseless valley. May your eyes be fixed on the Author of our faith.

Chris in Canada

Jen said...

I have had to read your post twice. And tears are in my eyes. You are such a great friend and I'm so sad for you right now. I dont know what to say....I just want you to know I have read this and am praying for your family. How are your kids?
He is so handsome Katherine. I'm so so sorry for you.

Katrina said...

Oh Katherine, I am so very sorry. I will be praying for you and all your family.

Keri Ann said...

I'm so very sorry for your family's loss, yet so glad that you know you'll see your nephew again one day.

I'll be praying for God's comfort for you and your entire family.

Connie said...

I'm a lurker too, but I wanted to say I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray for comfort for you and your family.

Andrea said...

Katherine,
I will be praying for your family. This is indeed a shock, a horrible thing.
May the Lord comfort you and your family and hold you through this difficult time.

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

I am so sorry for your tragic loss. I cannot imagine. I will be praying for your family.

jen said...

We'll be praying for you and your family.

A loss like that is never ever easy.

LilyLakeMom said...

Thinking of you and your family. I am so sorry about your nephew. What a beautiful boy. I will pray your family finds some peace during this time.
Love, Lisa

Grafted Branch @ Restoring the Years said...

So. very. sorry.

Trusting that God's love will envelope you all, and that His grace is sufficient for even this.

Jailynn said...

I am sooo very sorry to hear about your nephew. Thank God he was a Christian and you know you WILL see him again.

Father, God, I pray for this family right now. This young man's death did not catch you off guard, but threw this family for a loop. Jehovah Shalom, provide peace to this family .. the kind of peace that could only come from you. Father, I pray that you wrap Your loving arms around them and that the family will REST in them. In the precious Name of Jesus. Amen.

kathryn eli said...

My prayers go to you and your family. May you be comforted & filled with a sense of peace.

Anonymous said...

Katherine-- I am so sorry for you. Praying that God will hold you close during this sad time.

Michelle (formerly This One's for the Girls

Julie said...

What a terrible tragedy for your entire family - I am so sorry. I will be praying that you will feel the loving embrace of our Heavenly Father as you deal with this terrible loss.

Midsummer Night said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for all of your family.

Ami said...

I am so sorry for all of your family.

Beck said...

Oh Katherine. I am SO, so sorry. My prayers are with you.

Marian said...

How awful. I'm so sorry.

Laura P said...

I just stumbled across your blog tonight but I just wanted to say that I am so so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Laura

PEZmama said...

I am so sorry for your loss. So, very sorry. I will be praying for you and your family.

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

Katherine,
I am so so sorry. Words can never express our deepest grief. Praying for you and your family this week.
Love Your Friend,
Chris

Kris said...

Katherine,
Know that Joe and I are praying for you, Dennis and the kids along with the rest of your family.
We love you.
Kris

Anonymous said...

I'm so so sorry. We'll lift you all up in our prayers.

Terra@mggoslings said...

Katherine,

I am so sorry. My prayers are with your family and for your nephew's parents and family. My our Lord Jesus fill you with his unimaginable peace.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

Susanne said...

Katherine I am so sorry. Praying for you and your family! I wish I could be there for you!

Alan and Jen said...

I don't know what to say, except that I'm sorry and will pray for you and your family.

Christy. said...

I am so sorry for you and your family. I will be praying for peace and comfort.

Rocks In My Dryer said...

Oh, I'm so sorry Katherine. So very sorry.

fAiThFuL cHiCk said...

Oh, my heart just grieves for all of you. I am so very sorry.

May God bring you peace like a river.

Love...

Rebecca said...

Oh Katherine, that's so sad. I hope you're all okay, that you take time to heal. Lots of love xxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Nephews and nieces are some of God's greatest blessings and are as close as grandchildren to me. I am so very sorry.

angela conklin
a NC friend thru your entries

Mom to 5...Daughter of the King said...

I am so sorry. It seems so senseless when a young person dies so tragically. May your family feel the presence of God's comforting arms.

Laura said...

I am so sorry Katherine. I am praying for you and all your family, grateful that His peace and love will comfort you as He holds each of you and wipes away your tears.

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

Katherine, I'm so sorry. I'll be praying for your family.

Christi said...

Bless your heart. Praying for you and your family.

Caroline said...

So sorry....I will be praying for your family.

Nicole said...

Psalms 56:8 You've kept track of my every toss and turn
through the sleepless nights,
Each tear entered in your ledger,
each ache written in your book.
THE MESSAGE

Katherine,
I am so sorry. My heart is so heavy for you and your family. Praying...
Nicole

Deidre said...

Katherine, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family. May the Lord bring you peace that surpasses all understanding!

lori said...

Just wanted you to know that we are praying for you and your family. Praying that you are comforted with God's love and peace.

Chrystal said...

Katherine,

Priscilla told me this morning about your nephew. I'm heartbroken for your family.

I am praying for you all.

Margo said...

Oh Katherine, my heart aches for your family. I will remember you all in prayer as you grieve. I'm truly sorry. May you be encouraged by visions of him with Jesus in Heaven.

Anonymous said...

My prayers go up for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Org Junkie said...

Katherine what a shock to read this news when I came to your site this morning. What a terrible tradegy and loss. I'm so so sorry. I will definitely be lifting you and your family up to the Lord in prayer this week and the weeks to come.

kittyhox said...

Dear Katherine,

I don't have any fancy words to say either.

I'm just so so sorry. May God hold each of you close to his heart as you grieve, especially your sweet nephew's mother and dad.

~Kelly

Michelle said...

I'm just so sorry. Try to find comfort in knowing that this day, which will be forever imprinted on your heart as a day of loss and pain and tragedy, was at the same time the very best day of your sweet nephew's life. Grief is a journey that is different for each of us but one in which we all will walk because this just isn't our home. How comforting to know we don't walk it alone. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

sharyn said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Blessings and prayers to you and your family as you navigate this difficult time. May God help you in the coming weeks and months.

with cyberhugs,
sharyn

The Small Scribbler said...

Katherine,

I am praying that your family will find peace that passes all understanding in the arms of God. I am so sorry for your loss.

Kate

Elise said...

Praying for you all.

lori said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for your family.

Marcia said...

Katherine, I'm so sorry for your family's loss.

He's such a handsome young man and I am praying for your whole family.

At least he is a believer!

Leeann said...

I am so, so sorry.
Leeann

GranolaGirl said...

I'm so sorry, Katherine. May the Lord be with you and your entire family.

Dianne said...

I am so sorry.

You and your family will be in my thoughts.

ivey elizabeth said...

I am so sorry for your family's loss. Sometimes you don't need to understand, especially when you want to the most.
Gwen

Anonymous said...

Katherine,

I am so sorry. I will be praying for your family, for peace and comfort during this difficult time, and a sense of His presence in the midst of heartache.

Rachel R.

Gillian said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. There is not a lot that will dull the pain right at this moment, but I hope you can find comfort from your friends and family as they gather together.

Rachel said...

I read your blog regularly...and have a link from mine. My husband and I are praying for you during this time. My oldest nephew is 17 and I'm rather close to him. I can't imagine what you are going through.

Jill said...

I am so sorry for your family's loss.

Ter - With an Angel on My Shoulder said...

I'm new here...but no stranger to grief...

I'm sorry for the loss of your nephew. Please refer his parents to The Compassionate Friends if there is one in their area.

Jennifer F. said...

I am so terribly sorry. You and your family are in my prayers.

Ladybug said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers as you face this difficult time. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

I don't know you, and I didn't know your nephew. But my heart aches for you and your family's loss of him. . . may you all feel God's arms wrapped tightly around you.

Becky said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. You & your family will be in my prayers. God bless

Joy said...

I'm praying too.

crasberry said...

There are no words to express...but we know that God is in control.

Our prayers are with your family.

Wendy said...

Katherine, I will be praying for you and your family.

May the Lord comfort you and your family.

Tammy said...

Oh...I'm so, so sorry....

I haven't visited your site for a long time, and thought I'd just stop by...to find this heart-breaking news.
Maybe I was led here to pray for you and your family, Katherine...
God grant you, your family, and especially his parents peace that passes all understanding.

Laurel Wreath said...

I am so sorry for your loss, there are no words. But I have the power of prayer and I will be holding your family before the throne.

Blessings.

Deborah said...

Katherine,
I haven't been around much lately as we prepare for baby #5 soon. But I popped in tonight and was shocked to read the sad news.

I am so, so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted...

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

I am so sorry, and I do not know what to say.

Kelli in the Mirror said...

I am so sorry, Katherine. Praying for your families. Hugs.

Antique Mommy said...

I am so very sorry for your family's loss Katherine. God bless you all.

Joni said...

Praying for your sweet family in their grief right now, Katherine.

Cori said...

I can't begin to imagine the heartbreak you are experiencing right now and I don't have the words to convey how sorry I am that you and your family are going through this now. I'll be praying that God gives you all comfort and strength in the coming days. I'm so very sorry, Katherine.

My Pink Boutique said...

Katherine, I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I know that God is faithful and He will see you all through this sad time. Rejoice that you will see your handsome nephew again one day so all is not lost. What a happy day that will be!! I'm praying for you all.

Hugs,
Kimberly

Etta said...

I'm so sorry Katherine. I have nothing to say. You have my tears and my prayers.

Tina said...

I am so very sorry!

julie said...

Katherine,

Words can not express how sorry I am for you family. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all this week.

Blessings,
Julie

Kay in PA said...

Sorry to hear about your loss, what a comfort that he was a believer.

txmommy said...

I'm so sorry.

Kim said...

I'm new to the blog world and I stunbled upon your blog.

Please know that you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time!!!

What great peace we have, knowing he's in heaven!!!

Marc and Charity said...

I'm so sorry y'all. I'm praying.

Rhen (yestheyareallmine) said...

I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. You are all in my prayers. May God give you all strength, courage and support during this hard time. We lost my nephew to an accident and it will be the 2 year anniversary in 5 days. He had just turned 20. We miss him dearly.

Olive said...

I'm delurking to let you know I am praying. I lost my father a year and a half ago (he was 53) and I understand the impact on a fmily of losing someone so seemingly before "thier time". But, God is good, and He doesn't work in "our time". I know He will bring healing to your family over time. I'm praying...

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and your family at this tough time. Praise the Lord that your nephew has gone to be with Jesus. And may God's grace and the love of Jesus help you through this tough time on earth.
Mel

Mandy said...

I am so sorry. There are no words...just know you are being prayed for.

Carla said...

What a beautiful young man! I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family. I am thankful that he is seeing the face of Jesus right now!

Julie@HighFive! said...

There are just no words.

I'm so sorry for you and your family and I'm praying for you.

Sarah said...

I am so very sorry Katherine! We'll be praying for your family!
Love, Sarah

Barb @ A Chelsea Morning said...

I'm so, so sorry for this terrible loss, Kathryn. What a nice looking young man. So sad. You're all in my prayers as you face something that must be impossible to understand.

Valarie said...

Father God, I thank You that Katherine does not have to grieve as one who has no hope, because she believes that Jesus died and rose again. I ask that you comfort her and her family Lord for You said "Blessed are they that mourn for they will be comforted." (Matt 5:4)

Thank You Father for giving Katherine beauty for ashes, oil of joy for her mourning, a garment of praise for her spirit of heaviness so that she may be called a tree of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that You might be glorified.

Be as close as her next breath Lord. In Your Holy Son's name I ask it.
Amen.
We love you Katherine and will continue to lift your family up!

Bethany said...

Praying for you and yours...

Stacy said...

I am so sorry.
I will pray for you and your family.
~Stacy

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Just heard about this, Katherine. So sorry. I will be praying for you, your kids, and his family.

Lauren said...

Katherine,
My heart breaks for you and your family. I'll continue to pray for God's peace and comfort to cover you all. So sorry!

Tarrah said...

I am so sorry for you familie's loss. I pray for healing and comfort in this time of need
God bless you & your family

candace@twinsagain said...

I am so sorry for your family right now. May God comfort you during this time of grief.

Barbie@ Mamaology said...

I am so very sorry Kathrine! Praying for your family in this dark time! May the Lord be your source of comfort and peace.

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

Katherine, I'm so sorry. My baby brother died 10 yrs ago,age 16, in a car crash. It was devastating, but God is good.

Kim said...

I am so sorry for this tragic news. I will pray for your family as you grieve and hold on to God's promises.

Savannah said...

You'll get through it. A close family friend died a year ago in a car accident as well. I never thought I could cope but I did. I still miss her...everyday it gets easier. Be strong!

PastorMac's Ann said...

Katherine, I'm so sorry...

Praying for you and your family.

Family O'Foxes said...

I'm sorry!
(((hugs)))
~Amy

Trisha said...

Katherine,
I am so very sorry for your loss. My nephew died in a car accident on May 28th, so my heart breaks even more to know the terrible road your family is walking.

My brother and his family have a website where they have journaled about their grief. It may be of some comfort to your family. The site is:
www.caringbridge.org/visit/todbrownfamily

May the God of all comfort give you grace for each moment.

Southern Mom said...

So sorry for your loss. Ten years ago I lost a cousin at the age of 20. Only God can bring Peace in these times.

Jenn Lynn said...

Katherine,
It's Jenn from Munchkin Land. I am SO, SO sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish there was something I could do from afar, anything to ease your breaking heart. *Sigh* God's ways are not always our ways, huh? Love you and thinking of you!

Laura said...

Katherine, I've only now just caught up on this awful news, and I'm so sorry.

What a hard thing to bear.

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

Katherine, I'm only just now hearing this news, and I want to add my condolences to all those already expressed.

I am so sorry that your family has experienced such a devastating loss.

You'll be in my prayers.

Just Worship said...

Hi Katherine, my first time visiting your blog. I am so sorry to hear about your nephew. My heart truly goes out to you and your family. Especially his Mom, I know how she feels. I lost my 21 year old daughter two years ago. They said, time heals all wounds. I say, In Time, God heals all wounds. Ash knew and loved the Lord too. What a glorious reunion we'll all have someday. Be encouraged!

Mother of Seven,
Lynn
www.swissfamjohnson.blogspot.com