I wasn't going to write about a tragedy that occurred in the life of someone that I don't even know personally, but then I changed my mind because I wanted to write something about it. Blame it on my exhaustion, or the fact that my husband is in the mountains of California and I've had no contact with him since Sunday, but I'm in a serious mood and I guess I just want to help any way I can.
Two of my most favorite people on the planet are Chris and Lisa. Last Saturday night, Chris's sister, Stephanie, and her husband, Christian, were in a plane crash. They are both in a burn unit in Arizona, with months of recovery ahead of them. They have four small children.
They also have an amazing family. Because of the events of a few seconds, that family has changed forever. But they have unshakable faith and hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that has made all the difference. After hearing and reading bits and pieces of how they're all coping with life in the aftermath of this event, I've found myself reaffirming my own beliefs.
I don't usually talk about religion on here, but the simple fact is, it is a huge part of who I am. I have a testimony of the gospel of Christ and I believe families can be together forever and that our Father in Heaven wants us to be happy in this life. As crazy as life can be, and as imperfect as I am, I have always believed these principles to be true and I know I always will.
I've often wondered if my faith would hold up when put to the ultimate test. Would it really be possible to feel hope and peace in the event of unthinkable tragedy? As I've observed the small miracles and blessings taking place in my friends' family, the answer is a resounding yes. They are buoyed up by their beliefs and they really do know that everything will be alright somehow, and that is perhaps the greatest miracle of all.
So I guess I'm mostly feeling grateful. Grateful for children and families. Grateful for the beauty in others that inspires me. Grateful for a faith that has never once let me down. Grateful for life and love.
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