2.10.2006

I don't understand

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.

8 comments:

Carrie White Owen said...

Ash...wow...I will pray for that family and for you and all their friends. It was hard enough losing my mom when I was in my 20s...those poor kids. Cling to God's promises during this difficult time. He will never leave you or forsake you. Be still and know that HE is God and has everything worked out. We don't know the big picture. Rest in His arms of His perfect love and peace that passes all understanding!!! Hugs to you!!

Megan said...

No fun! I have seen firsthand God take care of Todd's family when his dad died almost 12 years ago. He is faithful & this is all in His perfect plan. Nothing catches God by suprise!

knelson said...

Ashley, my heart aches with you. I will be praying for the Dad and the children.

Shandra said...

Ashley, wow! That's so sad! I can't imagine what they are going through, but will definitely be praying for them.

Carrie White Owen said...

Ashley--you will appreciate this. Jason and I were talking about what we wanted to do for Val. I have been really stressed with work, etc. and so I told him I wanted to stay in and have him grill. So we decided he would grill and I would do the veggies. So I asked him what he wanted. He said GREEN BEAN BUNDLES! He was like...those are my favorite! So...I thought of you as I was eating dinner tonight! :)

ashley said...

i'm so glad those are still a favorite!! thanks for letting me know.

Michael & Meg said...

Awe, Ash. I hate to hear that about Lisa. She was such a sweet girl! I will definitley be praying for them. I can't even imagine what Jerry is experiencing right now!
Love you!
Meg

Liz said...

Ashley,
Lisa was one of my best friends. I was doing a search tonight online to try to find a copy of her obit in the newspaper & found your blog entry from the night after she died. Although I don't know you, I wanted to say thank you for your sweet entry. I miss her deeply, too.

Liz Reeves