Note: I wrote this last month but descovered today that I had not posted it. Here is my letter to grieving parents.
Dear Grieving Patents,
Two years ago today my life changed forever. Two years ago last night The Accident happened.
It was about 11:45 that five young people died. Amanda, Clint, Eric, Andrew, and Julian. All talented, kind, beautiful people. The Justice of the Peace did not get to the site for about 45 minutes so the official date of death is 8/13. Both days are hard for Julie & Gabe Diaz, June Bush, Victor Starz, Kimberly Starz, Debbie & Henry S. Harrison, Ron and me. Please lift us all up in prayer today.
June and some of the folks from the show TEXAS will be placing crosses at the site today. Five crosses. We cannot be there but are grateful she is doing this for our five Texas Angels.
On a personal note, I am so grateful for those of you in the While We’re Waiting group. You have helped me heal. Your stories, love, encouragement and prayers have helped me live with joy even in the midst of sorrow.
Our Father is loving, compassionate, merciful and gracious. I do not understand the why’s of what happened. I don’t like it that Andrew is not with us on earth. But I know the character of God and I trust Him. I know my son was a believer in Jesus Christ. I know he is in the presence of Christ even now and will live eternally.
Yes, I still have sad days. But most of the time I have peace and joy. Peace and joy that can only come from knowing a good and beautiful God.
For those of you just beginning your grief journey, please know that the Holy Spirit, the Comforter is available to you. He can teach you, lead you, comfort you and help you.
Time spent doing the next right thing and following God can heal your broken heart. It may take longer for some, and it will look different in each of us. But healing can happen. You can know peace and joy again.
May you all be blessed today and every day in the name of Jesus.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”