I never had a chance to know these sweet children and I have yet to meet their adoring parents, although I have prayed that I would cross paths with them. One year ago today Kyle, Emma and Katie were welcomed into Jesus' arms following a car accident. I remember driving to Bunco that Friday and wondering why what was normally a five minute drive suddenly became half an hour. When I arrived at my friend's house I heard the news. All of us sat in stunned silence not knowing how to process what we had just seen on television. We not only connected with Mr. and Mrs. Coble because they were members of our community, but because nearly all of us in our strange little Bunco group are mothers of children in Heaven. Our community came together in support of this grieving family and tied two pink and one blue ribbon around every tree, sign and light post. There was not a corner you could drive by without thinking about and praying for strength in their darkest of hours. The children are buried near our daughter and each time I visit the cemetery I hope to run into the Cobles. When I shared this with someone they asked me, almost in horror, what would I possibly say. If I have learned anything, there are no proper words. Nothing that can help their suffering make sense. No phrases that can make the pain go away. All one can do is look them in the eyes with love and care and say with true compassion and sincerity, "I am so very sorry."
This week three precious babies were born to the Cobles. I rejoiced when I heard that Ashley, Ellie and Jake were welcomed into this world safely. These three come into a very loving family with such history and a story like few others. I visibly see the legacy that Kyle, Emma and Katie left and I look forward to watching the plan God has for these three little ones.