In just the past week, two tragedies have befallen families known to my family.
From April, 1998 - September, 2000 I served as the minister for the church of Christ in Leedey, OK. While we were in Leedey, the church had a family with a young man who was 15-16 years old named Adam Ferrell attending. I don’t know the circumstances, but on Monday, October 26, Adam passed away.
From October, 2003 - August, 2013 I served as the pulpit minister for the Northside church of Christ in Bonham, TX. On Tuesday we learned that a girl who had been friends with Rachel throughout our time in Bonham had passed away.
She and Rachel had attended pre-school together, were in Girl Scouts together, had been in classes together in school, and many other things. They had drifted apart a little over the last couple of years we were in Bonham, but were still friends.
Two young people: one almost 32 years old (yes, that is still young) and the other only 16 years old. Both with so much to look forward to; both taken from their loved ones way too soon.
In Job 14:1-2, Job says, “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.”
Psalms 144:4 informs us, “Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.”
James tells us, “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14).
My point is that life is far too short (even if “long” by human standards) and our “appointed time” far to near not to be busy about the Father’s business.
Please keep the Ferrell and Glaser families in your prayers during this difficult time.