On January 4th my father was born to another world. He was taken to heaven. Deep sadness and emotional distress penetrated my heart. I experienced an unbearable pain in my soul… I wished I was only 2 years old when he died. At least, I would not have known the beauty of life or the bitterness of death… Please pray for his soul, peace and rest.
Sent via email from a mid-Eastern country, his eloquent words touched our hearts. We corresponded with him over a number of months, inviting him to share the grief he was feeling. Then, this message appeared:
… my little daughter passed away last Thursday. Deep sadness penetrated my heart and I am experiencing an unbearable pain in my soul now. Please help me embrace pain and burn it as fuel for the long journey of my healing… my sadness will no doubt fly on the wings of time. Thanks for your kindness. I am trying to fill my empty heart with gratitude for those who are still in my life.
It broke our hearts. We expressed our profound sorrow for him and his family. Another loss. He wrote us:
Would you be willing to talk with me on the phone?
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We did talk with him over the phone. He thanked us for calling, for being supportive of him. We told him how very sorry we were for his little daughter’s passing. He began to sob and couldn’t talk. The phone call ended abruptly. His grief was too acute for him to continue. We sat silently for a few moments, reflecting on the emotion of the call… The intensity of his plaintive grief and his many messages to us evoked feelings that we will never soon forget.
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Michael Gingerich & Tom Kaden