Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Young Men Dying

One of my friend's son died the other day.  He was only 22 years old.  He had a wonderful mother and father.  He had wonderful siblings. He had a warm and loving home. The heartache must be unbearable.  What is it with young men dying?

In my high school, all the kids who died were young men...motorcycle accidents, jeep accidents, drowning...When my children were in high school, a senior in high school dove into a pool and was paralyzed from the neck down several weeks before graduating.  My nephew fell off a wave runner last summer and was almost paralyzed. 

In the last few years, we know young men dying in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, getting run over by a train, committing suicide, and getting killed from doing a big jump on snow skis and landing wrong.  These were bright, young men, good men....loved by their families and many friends. It's heartbreaking...

What do you say to a friend who has lost their child?  How do you comfort them?  I know God has them in the palm of His hand, but it hurts so much.  The pain is unimaginable.  God must work through all the family and friends who gather around those who are grieving.  We are called to be His hands and feet.

I know the pain lasts for years...There must always be an emptiness...a scar. 

Young men, be careful.  I know you have a lot of testosterone running through your body, but your family and friends love you and want you to be around for a long time.  I realize life happens and you have to live your life and you are young men, but for the sake of your moms, be careful...

There is hope, however, because Jesus has provided eternal life to all those who believe in Him.  We shall see our loved ones face to face someday.  We can comfort one another with those words and wait patiently for that glorious day.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.  Revelation 21:4

Here is the link to his obituary ~
John Peyton Mossy