Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Ooh Ahh

In quick succession, I recently got two horrible pieces of news.

The first is that the wife of a man I know left him (I don't know whether he considers me a friend or just an acquaintance, so I won't presume). I have a lot of thoughts on this, but they're not proper to be anywhere except inside my own head, and maybe not even there. I just pray that God will remain active in the lives of all affected parties and that they'll allow the Holy Spirit to guide them to a proper resolution.

The second is that a guy with whom I was co-counselor at the camp where I worked two years ago just passed away. I don't have any other details. He was a good guy who'd come from a hard background. I'll be praying for him, too.

I don't know what to say, except to note that while I have no doubt that the second guy is on his way to heaven and that, while the first guy surely feels like he's in hell, hope still remains.

[I wasn't sure whether to do a musical title for this one or not. If my only options were punk or something, I wouldn't. The song Ooh Ahh, by Grits, is a soulful rap about life and loss and love and hope. Yeah, that sounds cliche, but it ends up striking a much deeper chord with me than a lot of other songs on the same subject. The link is just the song; you may want to have it in a background tab and read the lyrics as you listen.]

1 comment:

Jack said...

I know the first situation and agree with ya. About the best that can be done is to pray for them both, and that they'll let God guide them. That may take some time, but then again, that's life. Few things which are important are resolved immediately.

As for the second situation, sorry, but do pray for his soul. I think a lot of people nowadays forget how good it is to pray for the soul of another, regardless of whether they are alive or dead. It's good for you, it's good for them, if ya ask me.