Church of God Memorial:
BIG SANDY, Texas-This has been a difficult time for many of us in the Big Sandy area. Most of us have gone through trials in our lives that have a lasting impact. Probably the biggest shock any of us face is the death of a loved one.
Even if in our past we have experienced the death of someone close to us, that doesn't seem to soften the blow when we hear the news of another death.
On Friday afternoon, April 28, Karen Woodring, her daughter and a friend left Big Sandy heading to Tulsa, Okla., to attend a wedding. Before they reached Tulsa, tragedy struck. An automobile accident resulted in Karen's death.
We are all thankful the other two passengers in the vehicle will be okay, although one of them, Karen's 16-year-old daughter, Caroline, at this writing is still hospitalized in Tulsa. Caroline's friend Candice Burgin suffered only minor injuries.
The big question
It seems like when an accident happens the first question is how did it happen. Then the big one hits. Why did God allow this to happen?
This is a tough one because we don't know why, and there is no way to get an answer now. Now is when we really want to know. We need an answer.
At church on the Sabbath things were not the same. Just last week we had sat in services together on a holy day. The teenagers were their typical fun-loving, happy-go-lucky selves the last time we were together.
But on Saturday some of the teens couldn't even go to services. Others needed to be there.
We all face these difficult times in our own way. I find comfort in other people, but some have to be alone to try to work through the tough times.
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