This week has been a very sad week for my neighborhood. Our neighbors across the street lost their dad/husband unexpectedly on Saturday morning. The mom is now left to care for her 3 children (ages 8, 5 and 3) on her own without the support of her husband. Julianne and I were away with the kids on a quick getaway to Frankenmuth and Splash Village when we heard the news from a text I received from another neighbor. We were in complete shock. Jon was a great father. I’d always see him out in the yard with his kids playing baseball or making snow men…doing the things dad’s should be doing every day. I knew he valued the time spent with his family more than the time he spent at work.
Today is the funeral and I can only imagine what they are going through. I lost my mom when I was 18 but to be 8, 5 or 3? Wow. As we come around this family and put our arms around them, my hope is that they will treasure the time they had with their dad / husband. The memories will last forever.
This is a powerful reminder to men to embrace the times they have with their family. Don’t let work get in the way of soccer games, ballet recitals, or piano recitals. The work will always be there but your kids or spouse might not be if you continue to put a premium on the job.
Say a prayer for the Jacksons today. Pray for peace, comfort and healing. Pray for the sun to rise again in their lives.