Thursday, July 5, 2012

Lost...

I think you all know by now that I live in a rural community.  The surrounding towns have an average of 3,000 people living in & around them.  I'm not totally in the boondocks, but pretty close.  We do have 'big cities' nearby with populations closer to 13,000 people (yeah, we're hoppin').  Anyhow, when something happens in our little communities it tends to hit everyone, as everybody knows everyone or is related to them somehow.  Even 'shirt-tail' relations count around here.  A month ago, the Thursday before Father's Day, a young man in his 30's went missing.  He hasn't been heard from since.  Foul play is suspected.  This week, the local Sheriff's Office will be conducting a dog search in the surrounding area around his home & where he hunts.

How does this affect me?  Well, his dad was the best man & his mom was a bridesmaid in my first wedding.  I can't imagine how they're feeling, if I am feeling lost myself.  I still consider them 'family' as Bigfoot & the Princess are cousins on their dad's side.  The Princess has spent many a hot summer day with their youngest daughter - they're the same age - in their pool & riding bikes & hanging out.  We still speak when we see each other & give one another hugs.  However, we don't ever really search each other out or call on the phone to chit-chat.  Sometimes, I don't think about them at all; like you do with friends who are no longer close acquaintances.

There is this big, heavy weight on my shoulders to call or stop in.  The thing is, is that it would be out of the ordinary for me to do that.  It's not something that we would have done normally throughout the years, so I feel as if I'd be like a nosy neighbor.  "Oh Hi!  I just heard you had something devastating happen in your life.  Thought I'd stop by & let you know it's affected me too"  How callus... shallow...

What I can do, and I have been doing is pray.  Praying without ceasing.  Whenever I think about this young man or his family.   I send up prayers for his mom & dad, his sisters, his children (he has 2 young children), his grandmother & aunt.  I send up prayers for the Sheriff's Department - that they'll have a clear lead.  That they'll find him.  That if there was foul play, that the person(s) will be caught.  I pray for strength for the future, in case his mom & dad have to raise his 2 children.  Pray, pray, pray.... that's all I can do when I feel lost...

Please join me in prayer for Adam & his family.  Thank you.

Bye!  Love you!  Have a good day, Dear!

1 comment:

  1. How awful for this family, I will definitely be praying that they find the answers to what happened and that God gives them the strength to get through this difficult time. Even though you aren't close now, I don't think that given your shared history it would be out of line to reach out to them. If you aren't comfortable calling or stopping by (which I completely understand) I would recommend writing a note letting them know how much your care about them and are praying for them during this time. Let them know that you are there if they want to get together.

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