I will never forget the emotions I felt when I found out that my grandpa passed away. It was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. I vividly remember standing in the hallway of New Hanover Regional Medical Center when my great Aunt came out of the ICU to share the news with me. I was devastated. I don’t know how many tears I shed for the next 15 minutes, but I knew it was a lot. I had never been through anything like that at the time and I didn’t know what to do. I was very confused and didn’t know what to think of it all.
When someone is no longer in our lives, it hurts. This is especially true if it was someone that you deeply love. Recently in our church family, we had a young man named Curtis Holley pass away at the age of 13 years old. It was unexpected and the news was hard to hear. It brought back so many of the feelings I had when my grandpa passed away years ago. I felt the hurt that his parents are currently experiencing.
“If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” -1 Corinthians 12:26-27
There’s nothing we can say or do to take away those feelings. It’s truly unexplainable. The best thing we can do is be there for them. To take care of them and provide comfort the best way we know possible. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer. We know that Curtis is with Jesus, and we are thankful.
“God is still God.” -Clyde Holley, Father of Curtis.