Odd Friday

Today is a strange day for me. This morning we went to funeral and tonight we go to a graduation.

Makes for weird emotions.

The funeral was for a girl we didn’t know, but I feel like I do know her. She’s the step-daughter of a co-worker. She was 18. She’s been on mission trips, had a lot of friends who really loved her, and a family that is in a lot of pain.

Nicole had been driving for 3 weeks. She didn’t have on her seat belt Saturday. She met Jesus face to face moments after being thrown from her car as it rolled down the highway at 70+ mph.

It’s tough to see teens have to weep, wail, mourn, and grieve like that. It’s tough to see a mother lean into a coffin to kiss her daughter for the last time.

Everyone received a card about Nicole. In part it says:

Eight Things Nicole Knew About Life
1. Life was created by God.
2. Everyone has a purpose to be here.
3. Live can come so fast but then it can go so fast.
4. Life cannot be practiced.
5. Every day is different.
6. Life is a gift to be cherished.
7. Everyone has a crush on at least one person in their life.
8. Everyone has an opinion on everything.

Though I didn’t know her, I’m feeling distracted. 18. No seat belt. Saved. Tears. It’s tough.

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  • Yes — it is very tough. No death or funeral is easy — but funerals such as the one you posted about are extreemly hard. Your faith and your head says one thing and your heart says another. Thanks for sharing that.

  • That’s a very sad thing to read. My daughter turned 18 about a month ago but she’s not saved. Anecdotes such as yours renews my desire to pray for my own daughter (and other daughter and son) even more.

  • Rob, I was going to just comment on this, but my comment quickly outgrew comment. Therefore, it’s now a blog post. My condolences to your co-worker and his family.

  • P.S. Thanks for having the guts to publish something so personal and so emotional. It gives us all the opportunity to think about the transient nature of our lives.

  • I’ve been thingking about this all weekend. I’ve posted some of my thoughts this morning. Thanks for opening the door for me — and many others — to think about our faith in tragic times.