Why does a tragedy at Christmas time always seem to be worse? I mean, after all, it's still the same tragedy no matter what day or month it happens, right? Yet, when something terrible happens at Christmas it always hurts more.
My neighbors across the street have a daughter who's wedding was 4 weeks away. She and her fiance' lived nearby. The family was planning Christmas and a wedding at the same time. My neighbor's husband suffered a stroke last year and has been wheelchair bound but lately he's been working on taking steps so he could walk his daughter down the aisle.
The wife came to our door on Tuesday to say that the daughter's fiance' passed away the night before. He was 30 years old. He hadn't been feeling well and that night went to lay down and never awoke. I saw him the day that he passed while I was sitting outside. He didn't look good and I made mention of it to Ray, never expecting to hear that he passed away hours later.
So now the family's Christmas has been ruined. Imagine too, having to call all the invitees to the wedding and have to tell them the wedding is canceled because the groom-to-be passed away. The mother is canceling the venue, the flowers, etc. etc.
This news came as such a heartwrenching shock to us as we can feel the sadness and despair everytime we look across the street. It's just awful. If I could take that pain away from them I would in a second. It was the couple's first wedding each and they were so excited about it and so in love.
I don't question why did this have to happen. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, even if we might not know what exactly that reason is. We all have to die. It's part of living and life. We all have to face death. Yet it sometimes comes about at the worst time for those of us still living.
So I'm posting this reminder to all of us. Especially if we're with our loved ones this Christmas!!
Until next time, remember...