Between family, friends, and co-workers, I know the stories of 10 deaths or serious injuries within the last two months. Every couple days, there is a new story of pain from somebody choking on the sting of salt tears. There’s the mom with two girls, 6th and 7th grade who didn’t feel well, and was dead only a matter of days after being diagnosed with brain cancer. The 5th grader who lost a grandma. The motorcycle accident. The softball cracking a skull.

Death is unexpected and sudden, even though we wait our whole lives for it. It leaves people broken, families reeling with shock, widows poor, fathers with no one to take care of the kids…

Divorce reminds me of death, because it’s something ending unnaturally and horribly awry. Like death, divorce is a result of sin. Also, like death, divorce wreaks havoc that doesn’t resolve itself without divine intervention. It leaves many kids with open wounds that will chafe for years. I see those wounds in my students when tears slide over their cheeks and they try to hide it from the other kids in the class. I’ve got four kids going through this right now.

“For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes fro what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” ~Romans 8:18-25