Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
I have had such a heavy heard since I found out yesterday that Julee Turner's husband Matt, died in a car accident Saturday night.
I have followed Julee's blog for years now, as part of the sweet AR gals, and she is one of the sweetest bloggers out there. I followed them through their infertility struggle, prayed for them and rejoiced with them at the miracle of the birth of their daughter Preslee Bell.
It's funny how you don't know someone personally, but yet you really feel like you do. She shares her ups and downs on her blog and is very real and genuine.
When I heard on facebook Sunday morning that Matt had died, all I could do was say "no no no please God no" It's hard for me to understand why God had to take him, I'll admit, while praying last night I questioned God, why that a Godly, loving husband and father had to die when there are so many horrible people in this world. Why couldn't God have taken one of them and left Matt with his dream family that they had wanted for so long?
I don't have the answer, and we may never this side of heaven.
My heart just breaks for Julee.
My heart breaks for Preslee who may never remember her father. I was looking through his twitter pictures last night, sobbing while I did, I came across one of his daughter and he had written that he loved her more than life itself. I hope that she always knows that and never doubts how amazingly much her daddy loved her and wanted her for so long.
In times like these, people need to rally around those that are hurting. And not just for one day, or at the beginning. I know from experience from losing someone, the pain does not go away after the funeral. or the next week or the month after. Grieving is a lengthy process, and is often times made worse because people don't acknowledge or realize that you are still in pain. Even years later something can trigger a memory and leave me with tears in my eyes.
So I ask you to pray for Julee and Preslee, not just today, not just tomorrow, but keep them in your prayers long term.
One of Julee's good friends and a wonderful Christian lady that I aspire to be more like, Kelly from Kelly's Korner Blog has some ways that you can help minister to Julee in the days and weeks to come.
Here is the news story and more about Matt. http://nwahomepage.com/fulltext?nxd_id=371742
I want to add that some blog/twitter friends of Julee have set up an account to send Julee flowers and mostly for a college fund for Preslee. If you would like to contribute - here is the info:
A few blog friends are putting together a silent auction for her as well - read more here:
Updated: Here is the mailing address for Preslee's College Fund. Wouldn't it be great if we could all join together and have her college completely paid for?!
Info for mailing money to memorial fund: Preslee Turner College Fund at Summit Bank Box 965 Arkadelphia, AR 71923
1 John 3:17
But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?