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To the Editor: Twenty-Five years ago on Aug. 2 was the most horrific day in our lives. Our son was killed. The news was so awful that your mind wants to run away from something so painful.

Those first moments and days were so overwhelming with grief it was difficult to breathe. The pain in our heart was a physical thing. How could we live with this grief and pain?

Today we can talk about John without crying. Most of the time, and the overwhelming grief has lessened and is bearable.

Our hope in Jesus Christ as our Savior is the only reason for the peace and comfort we have. There will always be the whys of this life and usually we will never understand those whys. We have a Savior who has come to bring us life and hope and peace that this would cannot imagine. We have found that He is truth worthy and that we can trust Him with all of our questions and fears and our pain. We do not understand why our John was killed but we do not have to have all the answers, we can trust that God is on control and that even in the midst of grief and brokenness, He is our only hope.

If you are hurting and feel overcome with the struggles of living. Jesus is a living hope. We are not promised a life without difficulties or struggles, but we are promised that in all things we will not be alone or without hope.

We know our son was a believer. We know he lives and that one day we will be reunited in Heaven. That is our promise. The separation here is hard but we have the assurance that this life is not all there is, there is more!

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

We do not have a hopeless end, in Christ we have an endless hope.

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