Tonight I stood in the same place at the hospital, but this time with a different family. This family wasn’t experiencing the thrill of a new life. There was no happiness, excitement or joy. Instead, this family was unexpectedly saying good-bye to a wife and a mother. Instead of tears of joy there were tears of sadness. My heart hurt for them.
Going through my head were the verses from Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die… a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…”
In the same hospital, one family celebrates while the other family weeps. One family welcomes a new birth while the other feels the pain of death. It’s what we call “life.” Reality. Sometimes life is incredibly rewarding, and at other times life will crush your heart.
One thing I know is this: In life or in death, God is still good.