Monday, July 21, 2008

Little Louie

My ex-sister-in-law's youngest child drowned in Arizona yesterday. He went outside and fell into the backyard pool while his father was sleeping. Somehow the gate had been left open. I've been stunned since I heard last night. His seven siblings (my nieces and nephews--two of whom used to live with me) are devastated. And his parents, of course. My poor sister (I still think of her as my sister), and the child's father--it's something he'll have to live with forever. Yesterday in church I gave a lesson on finding consolation and hope after the death of a loved one. How ironic. We all understand that Louie is in the arms of his Father in Heaven right now, and I know the family will come through this in faith, but it's not going to be easy. My thoughts and prayers are with them.