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November 01, 2014 by Robin

 

 

Faith

In July of 2005 I got the call that no parent wants to hear.  My 28 year old son Christopher had been murdered.  He was shot while a young man tried to rob him of the few dollars he had in his pocket.  He had a bright future.  He was working, going to school and was engaged.  Life was good for him then, but was not always.  He overcame addiction to drugs and alcohol and was counseling others.  Needless to say, my world was turned upside down, along with my family.  There was a lot of anger and turmoil.  At the trial he was found guilty of murder. That didn’t make me feel any better, as my son was not coming back.  I prayed for his family and prayed with them at the trial, after having a dream where Chris told me I needed to pray with them.  During the sentencing hearing he was given 68 years without parole.  Again I prayed with his mother and grandmother and we all hugged.  She was losing a son to the criminal system and my son went to Heaven.  We both lost a son, but I am really good with the place he is in now.  My other son and myself were able to forgive him, but not my daughter.  She had so much anger, as she had lost her beloved brother.  This was in April of 2008, and she was finally coming to terms and moving on, able to forgive, and she died in a car accident in July of 2008, almost 3 years to the day my son died.  In November of that year my husband of 25 years was diagnosed with lung cancer and he died 3 weeks later.  People ask my how I am still sane.  My reply is that my faith in God keeps me going everyday.  God has given me the opportunity to grow and to reach out to parents and people in similar situations and to give them courage and hope to go on.  I am an active member of my church (since my don’s death) and very active in a grief support group for parents who have lost children, called the Compassionate Friends.  I am a firm believer in the fact that God does not lead you to something that he will not lead you through.  I know these were very tough lessons to learn, and I have grown through this adversity.  Perhaps this is God’s plan for me.  He has put me in unique situations to help and encourage others during their struggles.  I am a Nurse Practitioner and there have been so many times I have used my story to comfort others, and by doing so I have received so many blessings back.  I am not saying that life is easy for me, because it is not.  I miss my children so much and think about them everyday.  When you lose a child it becomes very difficult to watch friends, and nieces and nephews getting married and having children.  You think about what could have been and all the possibilities and opportunities lost.  I have tried, with the help of God, to turn this around and to be positive, and think about what positive things have happened in my life since these tragedies.  It is a daily struggle, and without God I would not be able to write this or to share my story and life with others in the same situation.  I thank God everyday for the blessings He gives me everyday.

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