What do you write when your heart is heavy? What do you say when a tragedy occurs? Where are the words that will comfort and explain?
This beautiful family has just lost their father, my friend and former colleague, Jon Lacquement, from Hemet, CA. Jon drowned while boogie boarding near San Luis Obispo in CA, leaving his wife and two adorable children. I remember being at he and Laarnie's wedding. Jon was a dedicated teacher and father. He wanted nothing more out of life than to have a family and to teach. His whole life revolved around his family, his church, and his work.
There is never an explanation when these things occur...no words to lessen the shock and grief. We can hold these souls in the Light of the Christ Spirit in our hearts and minds, and hope that time will help heal the pain and loss.
My husband Richard and I served as hospice chaplains in New Mexico some years ago, and I'll never forget visiting one man on the anniversary of losing his wife to cancer. He said the pain never stopped and he was glad for that, as it reminded him of how much he had loved and been loved.
May Jon fly into the arms of the God he so loved, and may Jon's family find strength and comfort in their faith.