I just found out that some friends who I knew from the music building and who went to our church before they moved to Washington DC just lost their little girl, Lillian, to leukemia and pneumonia. She was born October 21, 2005 and died this morning, August 12, 2008. My heart aches for this family, exactly our ages. Their son, who is five, will grow up without his sister.
I find myself weeping. I have never met the little girl, I only knew her Mommy years ago. Yet I weep. I weep for the parents who have to surrender their little one to Jesus before they barely got to know her. And there is a part of me that fears. I fear the spectre that is cancer that could so easily strike one of my own precious ones. Again and again I place them in God's hands, but I know if I was called to let one of them go as my friend was today it would be a struggle.
And so I weep. Rest in peace, Baby Lillian.