I know just how hard it is to loss someone that is very important to you in a blink of an eye. I will always remember the call I got from my niece, Stacey telling me that my nephew, Josh Suhrheinrich had been killed in a car accident. I was numb for days.
Josh was suppose to be finishing up his junior year at Heritage Hills High School. He was suppose to be the star of the Heritage Hills Basketball team his senior year. He was suppose to be the gentle giant walking the halls of Heritage Hills High School making everyone in the school feel special by talking to them and asking them how they were doing no matter what group of friends they hung out with. He was suppose to become an adult and lead a very successful life. In one blink of an eye, all of those hopes and dreams were over.
I remember the little random phone calls I would get from him asking me questions that were on his mind. I am not even sure that his parents knew about those calls. I always looked forward to his name popping up on my phone.
I am not a parent that has lived through the kind of tragedy that the parents and family of those victims at Sandy Hook Elementary felt. I have witnessed Theresa and Boo's pain and think about them every day. But, I am an Uncle who still feels great pain for my personal loss.
The next time an officials call doesn't go your way or your team gets beat, sit back and think about if in the game of life if it is really that important. I was stressing just last week about something trivial and my wife, Liz told me, "there are a lot of other people going through far worse things than you."
I pray for the victims and survivors of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The one thing I can guarantee you is that Josh Suhrheinrich was sitting at Heavens Gates welcoming them.