[Originally published two years ago today on August 13, 2012.]
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound….
Twenty-seven is too young to experience the painful, dark world of death while others continue the business of life. And when cancer creeps in to claim a young life, it leaves those behind feeling empty with a hole in their hearts left by the absence of the one who is gone.
During our homeschool days, as my children grew older, a particular joy was to be involved in the lives of many home-educated students during my years as teen coordinator with the local homeschool organization. I grew close to dozens of young people who remain friends to this day, years after they’ve grown to adulthood and moved on into the world, some even beginning families of their own.
One of those was 27-year-old Hannah whose heart is breaking tonight at the loss of her best friend after death crept in today and took him away. As it often does, the insidious, evil, life-draining disease known as cancer claimed another victim and, when it did, deeply wounded my sweet friend.