Thursday, October 30, 2008

Deep Sorrow

So much has happened since I last posted. The most devastating happened this week and was delivered by a phone call from my mother. A dear friend of ours was killed early this week. He was only 20 years old. I still can't believe this has happened. He had served in Iraq and returned this summer. He saw many horrible things including watching his best friend die in front of him. I can't even begin to imagine what he went through over there. Or what his family is going through now after losing him. To have him return from the dangers of Iraq only to lose him so must be devastating. I know I have cried endless tears as has my mom.

I have known Seth since he was a baby. I remember taking care of him one summer picking him up from his naps in the afternoon. He was a darling baby. I remember watching him & his dad as his dad carried him in his strong arms. They looked like two peas in a pod. Seth was his parent's only son, born between 2 older sisters and 2 younger sisters. He was special from the start. He always had a love for the Lord and a maturity that amazed me. When Dave met him I remember him being immediately impressed. Seth was one of the few young men who as a boy & then a teen would go without hesitation to help others. He'd give up his time to help working hard for however long it took. We were the recipients of this many times. He had a way about him that made you immediately feel comfortable. It was easy to talk to Seth or hang out with him. He had that way about him. I can still picture his handsome, easy going smile. He was the kind of young man that I hope my boys grow up to be. One with a deep love for his Savior, his family & those around him.

I remember being as proud of him as if he was my own brother. In many ways he was. Our families have always been close and are family in the truest sense of the word. Recently Seth had dedicated his future to the Lord giving up his dream of a career as a policeman. He wanted to do whatever God wanted with his life.

It's hard to comprehend that he is no longer here with us. We do have the comfort that he is in Heaven now with Jesus but that doesn't keep us from missing him terribly. Or wishing there was some way we could take the pain upon ourselves to ease that of his grieving family. To have one more more more smile. Seth, I want you to know that you will always be in my heart & I will always miss you. I look forward to giving you a great big hug in Heaven one day.


MOMMY said...

Oh how sad! I am so sorry and will pray for all who love him!

Beth said...

Oh, Kristine, I just heard about this today. Ken found out at camp. I remember him in his playpen while Linda was doing the secretary work at BCCS from 87-88. It is so sad. We are going to try to get to the calling hours tomorrow night. This is devastating. Their family has been through so much. I keep thinking of the Untitled Song by Chris Rice.
Love to you and yours.


Tami said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Kristine.

Thinking of you!


Kristine said...

Thank you, ladies those words mean a lot.

Beth, if you make it tomorrow night please, please give Linda & Rich a BIG hug from me. I wish so badly that I could be there for the services. I feel so helpless......

Yer Cuz said...

Hi Kristine,
I hadn't checked your blog for a while and finally did...I'm so sorry to hear about this sad news.

My heart goes out to you. He sounds like an extraordinary person who was surrounded with love and gave love to all he knew.

Love you

Anonymous said...

Oh, mom. I didn't know that this was why you were upset. Dad said that you had gotten bad news. I'm so sorry. I'm glad you've had so much support. I love you.:-] Sweet Pea