I have been drained beyond belief today. This is nothing new. But today is different.
Sarah and I attended funeral services for the brother of my sister-in-law. He was about my age and died suddenly. I had met J a few times and he played in my family's annual Thanksgiving day football game a couple of times, but I really didn't know him well.
I do however, consider myself close to my sister-in-law, my brother, and my brother's children who are grieving the loss of a good man. My nephew is especially hit hard by the loss. J was like an older brother to my nephew.
When I attend services for the deceased I listen more attentively to the priest (or pastor) than I normally would at church.
He spoke about God being Kind and Merciful.
I meditated on those words this morning and prayed that J's family finds peace (sometime...somewhere) in their hearts. J's death has hit me hard, considering that I did not know him very well at all.
I cannot imagine the road of feelings and emotions which lie ahead for my nephew and niece, my sister-in-law, my brother, and the rest of the family and friends left to work through the feelings swirling about inside of them.
The Lord is Kind and Merciful.
Rest in Peace J.