My heart hurts today. Literally – it hurts for my friend Jerry Hardel and his three children, ages 9, 7, & 3. You see, they lost their wife and mother last night to an illness she has fought for 3 years. It was discovered she had leukemia when she was in labor with their third child 3 or so years ago. Since then, the family has been through a lot, but always clung to the Lord for guidance and support. What a precious family.
Losing a friend has brought forth a host of emotions for me…hurt – for those precious children who won’t see their mom again on this earth…anxiety – that not even my next day is certain…sadness – for Jerry who has to try and explain this to his children…questions – why God would take her home at this time in her and her family’s lives…
I know that the Lord “…works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) and I’m certain that He will grow this precious family in Him as He guides them through this terribly trying time. Today, it’s just hard to see that things will work out. It’s in these times I must cling to the words: “’I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, “‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future.’“ (Jeremiah 29:11)
So, please pray for my friend Jerry and his two daughters and son. They will need the Lord’s guidance always, but especially in the coming days.