Hope in the Face of Loss
by Brian Knowles
“Recently a couple we knew many years ago lost their daughter to illness. She was only 47. The loss was devastating to the parents. The father’s health was affected. Stress of such an enormous magnitude can directly affect the immune system, making one susceptible to illness.
Another friend has already lost two brothers and a parent to cancer. Others have lost children to disease, accidents and even warfare. Thousands of American and Iraqi parents are living with the loss of sons and daughters due to warfare in the region. Countless millions have been slaughtered by their own governments in the last century and the beginning of this one. In much of the world, life is cheap indeed. They call it “democide” – death by government.
Governments kill. Armies kill. Disease, accidents and old age kill. None of us gets through this life alive. As the writer of Hebrews says, “It is appointed unto men once to die…” (Hebrews 9:27). How we will die is known only to God…”
(This article is an excerpt from the July August 2007 edition of The Sabbath Sentinel)
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