Why? is the question that everyone asks after tragedy. We've asked it a million times. But looking for the specific answer to that question "Why?" is not what we're really looking for. We want to know that there is some meaning and purpose in the loss - that they are not random or worthless. We want to see God using the loss for good.
This is an excerpt from my blog - What makes our story special? What makes Violet special? After all, we are far from the only people who have experienced tragedy, who have lost a child, who have experienced this depth of emotion. What right do I have to think our story is different? What is it that compels me to share our story over and over, written, spoken ... to whomever will listen. GOD. God is what makes Violet's story special. Because God WILL be glorified.
"It was God's plan..." I've heard this more than once over the past 4 weeks. You know what...that's not true. God did not plan for Violet to be sick or for her to die any more than we did. But you know what? God WILL be glorified. He is still in control and He is using tragedy to heal the brokenhearted, to redeem the lost, to bring His children together.
So I will continue telling Violet's story over and over.
God WILL be glorified.
We want you to know our Sweet Violet, but more than that we want you to know our Jesus.
It wasn't more than a couple of days after Violet died that Sofia had the wonderful idea that we could send balloons up to Violet in heaven. We decided we could write little notes, whisper little secrets to the balloon and Violet would be right behind the clouds ready to catch it. We're going to release this balloon for Violet and to say goodbye in a sense. But we want you to release whatever you're holding on to - whatever's keeping you from loving, being joyful, living completely in the grace of God.
Sofia releases her rainbow balloon for her little sister.