What is it about tragedy that draws us to particular blogs? When news of a child's sickness or death pops up in a blog, I know I'm as drawn as the next person to the story.
There's a sense of empathy, of course. What can I do to help? And there's an almost secret sense of gratitude - for the baby in my house who is healthy and well. And the lesson to enjoy each moment I have with her.
I think the main thing for me, though, is the desire for a happy ending. I love happy endings. And even in the midst of tragedy, it seems there is always a silver streak running through. The strength of human spirit. The comfort and peace provided by God at just the right moment. And the promise of a truly happy ending one of these days... I want to stick around the story long enough to see the happy ending.
Today's featured blog recently dealt with tragedy. Little Kaleb, 4-year-old son of volunteer missionaries Gary and Wendy Roberts, passed away unexpectedly on June 10 from malaria complications. James Appel, the doctor at the scene in Tchad, writes about the experience in the Béré Adventist Hospital blog. Here you can read about the tragedy, the funeral, and the question - why does one make it and the other not?
I've been fascinated with all there is to read on this mission blog, so do yourself a favor and explore a little while visiting.
And if you'd like to help the Roberts family, you can donate funds for flight tickets for them. They are hoping to join Gary's parents in Indonesia and then furlough in the US. Send a check to Gospel Outreach International with a memo indicating it is for Gary and Wendy Robert’s ‘Kaleb memorial’. Monies received above the cost of the tickets will be used to help Wendy build a children’s nutrition clinic in Tchad, in honor of Kaleb. You may send this to:Gospel Outreach International
PO Box 506
Collegdale, TN 37315
The Roberts' family...Here's to a SOON happy ending...