Wednesday, July 9, 2008

When one member hurts ...

Last night after supper we got a phone call informing us that our Pastor, his sweet wife and family have suffered the sudden loss of their son Glen who just turned 24. Our hearts are hurting for them deeply. We have spent much of the night praying for their family and for our church family, since we know that as a local church family, all will be sorrowing.

Glen was a really great young man, a seminary student, a sports fan and engaged to be married. He loved the Lord and was looking forward to serving Him in pastoral ministry. He didn't show up at work yesterday, and when they checked his dorm room, they found him. He suffered an epileptic seizure, but we don't know much else.

Our Pastor has compassionately come along side many who have suffered loss, and now it is our turn, as a church family to lift them in prayer, bring comfort and hope, and meet their physical needs, as we are able. I pray that we love them well.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
Matthew 5:4

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  1. This is very, very sad news. I will certainly be thinking of this dear family today and praying for God's comfort.

  2. AnonymousJuly 09, 2008

    Please let this family know that there are those miles (countries) away who will be praying for them. Not just now but for a long, long time to come. Grief does not have a time table, and sometimes it is harder later than it is when it first happens. I think, perhaps, shock, is a protection mechanism God gives us so that we can get through those first few days/months after losing a loved one and then what has needed to be done is done the numbness wears off and then we start to deal with the grief and loss.

    I know that their pain will be for themselves because they can rejoice that their son is with the LORD. That, however, does not minimize the loneliness or the sadness of missing someone you love so very much.

    Although it has been 14 years since my sister died, and I know that she is with the LORD and I will see her again, there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of her, or miss her. It is bitter-sweet at times that my wee girl reminds me so much of my sister at times.

    I hope that your pastor and his family get good counsel and comfort during this time and know that it is ok to feel angry or hurt or sad or whatever it is that they feel. Only the heart of God is big enough to handle how they feel, and I know but I know but I know that God will be holding them so close during this time with His gentle love and grieving with them for their sense of loss and pain.

    My heart is so full for your pastor and his family and I will be praying for them for quite a long while to come.

    I'm not quite sure how this will sound but I learned things through the grief and loss of my sister that I would not have learned otherwise and I believe I am a kinder person because of it. To go back to your earlier post, I know God is redeeming this situation and will make something so beautiful from this, somehow.

    Under His mercy and grace,

  3. This is so sad, to hear a young man with such promise and future is gone.I was so sad to see he was engaged. I do feel for this girl as well as the family and church body. So sorry for your loss.
    On a different note, I am glad you stopped by my blog today. Yes, I have ugly heals and the Ped Egg works pretty good on them. Hope you come back again, and I plan to return to your blog, as well.

  4. Praying in Oregon. . . I searched my books for one written by a pastor's wife after losing their teenage son and his girlfriend in a car accident. Once I find the title, I'll send it to you. Down the road, it might bless and comfort your dear pastor and his wife.

  5. Such sad news, Heather. I will keep Glen and his family in my prayers.

  6. Thank you all. Tomorrow is the funeral, and The Historian is likely taking some of the men from the church up - it is about a 3 hour drive to the town where he lived. I would like to go, but it is just too much for me right now, and too hard for the children.

  7. Just read about it. It is very sad...I am glad you allowed your son to attend the funeral.


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