While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."
~ Luke 24: 36
While most days when I sit down to write my blog, I often will pray and ask that God walk with me through my words. Today, I must admit, the journey has encountered sadness for my son and his wife.
Three months ago we learned that they were expecting our third grandchild. While we were surprised, they were ready to press forward and our excitement and sharing began.
Last Thursday they learned that the child had died, and they began to plan for today's procedure in the event the child did not pass on its own.
The pain that a parent has for their grown children is compounded when the parent realizes that there is nothing you can do to help. There aren't words, just our holding them close to us, even when there are hundreds of miles between us.
Private pain is something we all encounter in our lives. The simple words of Christ, offering, "Peace be with you," surrounds my thoughts and prayers that I have for these two. Watching my son grow into a man, a husband, and an amazing father has now been taken to a new level. He is now the one providing hope, even as he grieves.
As we have shared of the events of today, leading up to the time my daughter-in-law was taken back, there were these words I prayed for him as well, "Peace be with you."
When we fail to find the response, or the words that we need to hear, silence, or peace that only God can provide, is what we can always offer to one another.
Peace be with us, as we stay in God's grip...
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.