Monday, February 4, 2008

Love, Better to Have Loved and Lost, Then to Never Have Loved at All!

Today is an extremely sad day. Words cannot fully express what we are going through or what those here at MTI are experiencing. Life is fragile...We know that and realized that, but in this moment our hearts grieve as we have loved and we have lost!
Yesterday morning, a van from our group headed north to the Denver area to hear author Philip Yancey speak at a church. Denver is about 1 hour away or less from here. On their way a Jeep clipped the back of the van and caused it to roll several times at a high speed. Apparently, the driver of the Jeep had a medical emergency and lost control of the vehicle causing it to hit the rental van that a young MTI couple had rented. Their 16 mo. old son was in the van as well as 3 single female missionaries. My heart aches as I write and tell you that two of the females were dead at the scene and the 16 month old died later. The toddler's father is in critical condition, but conscious, and the mother is in grave condition. Also, one of the young females is in critical but stable condition. As far as I know that is their current status and we are praying, praying, praying.

We are mourning the loss of our new friends and are hurting with those still in the hospital. We have grown extremely close to these people over the last two weeks...I am not able to stress that enough! Our community is in agony, but we cling to the fact that God is good and did not cause this. Accidents happen and they hurt deeply!

Our challenge remains...How shall we then live? Shall we love even though it hurts, even though people may part from us in a moment? We choose to love, to love as those who died, to love as those in the hospital, and to love each other and God in the middle of such a tragedy. Yes, we are convinced that though we live in an imperfect world, God is love and he loves us more than we can imagine. We have and continue to feel his presence and love even now!
Thanks for your prayers!

No comments: