I Lost a Friend Today
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Leo was 60 years old and died this morning as a result of the injuries he sustained from a car accident he was involved in this past Friday. He leaves behind a wife, two grown children and two grandchildren that he and his wife are raising.
As a pastor's wife, I'm not unfamiliar with death. I can't count the number of deaths I've helped congregations work through. But I'm writing this with tears in my eyes and an ache in my heart.
I think it's because Leo was only a few years older than me and 2 years younger than my Beloved. I realize my vulnerability. I also think its because the future has become so uncertain for his wife, Sam, and grandchildren. The first thing Sam said when she saw my Beloved was, "What will I do without him?" Long Island is an expensive place to live. Will she be able to keep the house, retain custody of the children, and help her daughter deal with her drug dependence without a solid partner beside her??
Only God knows and I guess I should leave it there. But I can't help but wonder.