Today is my niece Kellee’s birthday. She would be 26 years old today…
…if she had not been killed in a car accident when she was 19.
Ironically—and yet, poignantly—she was on her way home from visiting her grandma (my mom) who was in the hospital recovering from bypass surgery.
We were thinking we might lose my mother. Instead, we lost our Kellee.
Kellee has been in my heart a lot lately—one, because I always think of Kellee in the fall, and two, because I am reading Amy Welborn’s Wish You Were Here, a memoir about the loss of her husband, author Michael Dubruiel.
(He died on February 3, 2009, after collapsing at the gym. You may read his blog here and his obituary here.)
This book is an advance copy and will be released in February of 2012. I recommend that you go to Amazon and pre-order yours now, especially if you have lost someone that is close to you or even, you know, if you think that you might.
Because it’s inevitable, isn’t it, losing someone we love? It is not a question of “What if” but “When will?” and that becomes “How can I prepare my heart?”
The answer, of course, is you can’t—not really.
But you can
pray beg for the grace and the faith that you’ll need.
This book is a hard read and yet—I have to say this—it is so very good. If you are familiar with Amy Welborn’s writing—and she has a blog, you can see it here—you know that she is a gifted storyteller. She is able to take a loss that is so very painful…and has rendered it beautiful and full of hope.
That’s the power of the cross, isn’t it? That’s the cross and the resurrection.
Oh death, where is your victory? Oh death, where is your sting? (1 Cor. 15:55)
Note: I will publish a full review when this book is available. For today, though, and in honor of my niece Kellee…I wanted to share a preview.
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