I got word about two tragic deaths today. I have always heard the saying that death comes in threes. I hope not. I don't know if I can handle hearing about a third death!
The first death was that of my cousin's husband. This particular cousin had a fiancee when she was young that died before they could marry. Then she married a man who turned out to be a horrible person, so she divorced him. She is a wonderful person herself. Then she married again, but that person appeared to have some psychiatric troubles, so they divorced. In recent years she met up with her high school sweetheart and they married. They were so happy together! She referred to him as the love of her life. This past week he has been in the hospital with severe pancreatitis. I thought he might rally, but I got a message today that he died. It's just so tragic! On one hand, I am glad they had a few good years together, but on the other, I felt they both deserved a longer life together. I guess when it's your time to go, nothing will stop death. But it's just so tragic that this happened to her.
I got an email notifying me of the second death. This was also a tragic death because this was a young man. Some of you may remember "Vid" who often commented on my blog, as well as those of other blogging friends. He was a young man who went to the Phillipines to do a study abroad. He was a bright young man who was particularly well educated about politics. He had a good head on his shoulders. His life was only just beginning when he died this past November. Such a tragedy, and my heart goes out to his family.
It's interesting because last night I was thinking about an old mission companion of mine who died 6 years ago. She was climbing on Mount Olympus and fell down a 1000 foot snow chute. She was only about 50 years old. I remembered that there was an online memory book for her, so I went back to it to re-read the comments I had made, and read other comments. I noted that there were several comments from mission friends. It surprised me to see that the anniversary of her death is this week. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out.
People leave such a hole when they die, don't they?