I can't even begin to imagine what a mother from church is feeling right now. I don't ever want to know. Our entire church is in mourning.
A sweet, sweet girl - age 17 - was to graduate from high school yesterday. She was engaged to be married to a great guy who graduated a couple of years ago. He was in the Marines and she had enrolled in the U.S. Navy. They had their entire lives ahead of them - or so we thought.
He was in town for her graduation and both were killed four days before the graduation (on Memorial Day) in a most unfortunate fiery car accident.
Monache High's graduation last night (I was not present but heard) was touching. All of her classmates cried for her. Both had been quite involved in MHS sports. She was also a MHS cheerleader.
The church is crying too. Yes, we know that being absent from the body is to be present with the Lord -- but that does not make the pain any less. Comforting, yes. Less painful, no.
My heart breaks for her mother. It is always painful to lose a child but to lose a child who is about to graduate ... after you have seen that child excel.... I have no words. Only sadness and shock right now.
My youngest daughter, Jennifer, graduates from middle school next week.
I watched her sleep this morning and gently touched her cheek. I am so thankful for my children and wish that I could protect them always.
This tragedy reminds me again that life is precious.
Rest in peace, Jacqueline and Alex. God bless your sweet souls.