It was on a Wednesday evening when *Dora was listening to Christian music on YouTube. The artist was someone she had never heard of before until her aunt sent her an email about him. The songs were very uplifting but the one which really got to her was the one called, Holy, Holy, Holy. It was so beautiful and so moving that she had to replay it. When she finished listening to it, she bookmarked the page, closed the window and shut down the computer. On her way up to the master bedroom to change into her sleepwear, she wondered if *Noah would have liked it too.
By the time she reached the room, she was in tears because it hit her that Noah was no longer around to enjoy or experience anything new. She was crying so hard that she could barely get undressed and put on her nightwear. Finally, she had to sit down at the foot of the bed. The tears almost blinded her. She felt a deep ache inside. Through the tears, she cried out to God in her mind, Why did you take my son away from me, Lord?
Immediately, after she asked that, she was sorry. She apologized to the Lord and begged for His forgiveness. She got up from the bed, walked around to the side where she slept and got down on her knees. Still weeping, she again told God that she was sorry for demanding to know why He had taken her son and asked Him to forgive her. Then, songs of praise filled her mind and she blessed the Lord’s name. It was at that moment that she realized that we praise the Lord in tears as well as in laughter, in sorrow as well as in joy and in the valleys as well as on the mountaintops. In Every Season we praise the Lord.
Job, after he had lost everything in one day, including all of his children, declared, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” The Lord gave Dora and her husband, *Dave, Noah for a time and then he took him away. It was an exceedingly tragic loss because Noah was their only child but they have the assurance that they will see him again. With God’s unfailing love and comforting presence, they are able to face another day without their son.
For those of you have suffered a tragic loss, cling to these words of the Lord Jesus, “Blessed are those who mourn do they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).
*Not their real names.