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  • Writer's pictureSherry Kirkland

Gone Too Soon

We all have to deal with death. It is a normal part of life. It is an experience that touches each of us at some point. We are all born and we will all die, no one is exempt.

It is such a common place thing. We all know that it is coming for each and everyone of us, it's not a secret. But I have a question... why does it hurt so much?

When you have person in your life, that is so much more than a friend. That always brings you joy and laughter. That is always there for the good times and the bad. That person actually becomes a part of you. Don was able to infiltrate my entire family... my mom, my dad, my sisters and my brothers. We all loved him and it just doesn't make sense that someone like that could be here today and gone tomorrow.

Donald was that person to a lot of people. I really cannot imagine how many lives he has impacted. Everybody knew Don and everybody loved Don. He was one of a kind, blessed with the gift of gab and the life of every party. I have so many memories of just laughing all night long.

The world seems less without you. Everything feels like it is upside down. And to add insult to injury with COVID- 19 going around, we might not be able to give you the homegoing that you deserve. This is not how it is supposed to be and it hurts my heart even more.

This is almost too much. I feel like the kid who just lost the big game. I want to pack up all my stuff and go home because I don't want to play anymore. This is not fun, it's not fair and I just don't want to do this anymore... it hurts too much.

Even though it sounds good and might even feel good, we can't give up on life. We have to trust that God has a plan. Trust that His plan is perfect even though we don't understand. And we have to trust that God has a purpose for each of our lives. I believe that this world is a really dark place and God sends us here to bring some light into this world.

So, despite all of my emotions, I am going to try to bring as much light into this world as I can. Don definitely brought a lot of light into this world and he had a strong effect on everyone that he met. Life is short and none of us will be here long. If I can take away one thing from my friends life to encourage you, it is to let your light shine and think about what impact you have on those around you.

Romans 14:88For whether we live, we live unto the LORD; and whether we die, we die unto the LORD: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the LORD's.

Romans 14:88For whether we live, we live unto the LORD; and whether we die, we die unto the LORD: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the LORD's.

Psalm 73:2626My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

John 11:25-2625Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

2 Corinthians 5:88We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the LORD.

Revelation 21:4 4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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