As I mentioned earlier this week, I headed back down to Bargains and Buyouts yesterday, in eager anticipation of the nine truckloads of goodies that were being delivered this week. While they did have more stuff, I didn't find anything that I just had to have.
This trip has been troubling me though, and I feel compelled to share my experience with all of you. I was wrapping up my visit, when not far from me, I saw a couple of women shopping together, probably out for the day, having some fun. One of the women got a phone call, and you could sense that it was urgent by her tone and mannerisms. She rushed over to her friend, and I heard her say words like, "that was your dad", "a pole fell" and "airlifted to the hospital", "you're not driving, I will take you." This woman started crying, jumping up and down, with her hands covering her mouth, and rushed outside.
I was witnessing someone's personal tragedy -it was heartbreaking and I felt utterly helpless.
It was one of those stories that showed up on the evening news last night. I suspect it was her husband who was killed yesterday, leaving her a widow with four children. As if it couldn't get worse, I read that they lost a child in September.
I have been praying for this family since I witnessed the events that unfolded yesterday. Please keep them in your prayers and let your loved ones know you love them. Life can turn on a dime. Be kind to others, you don't know what personal battles they are fighting. None of us wear signs that say "My mother is dying" or "I lost a child." If we did, perhaps we would be more kind to one another.