its one thing to hear about a tragic story on the news, but when one happens to someone you know its a sobering reminder of the fragility of life. this particular tragedy unfolded right in front of us. on sunday night pēteris sproģis (bishop of the latvian baptist union) and his wife marta lost their four-year-old daughter izabella. the details about how everything happened are still a bit unclear, but the overarching story is not. its crystal clear. death brings new clarity to life. izabella lived a short and beautiful life and now she is together with Jesus. what a horrible and beautiful thing all at the same time. the truth that i can hold on to in times like this is that God is still good... even in death. and even when it doesnt make sense.
anna got a call sunday afternoon that izabella was in intensive care at the hospital and we began to pray. a few hours passed without any news, until we saw that pēteris had posted on facebook that bella was now in Jesus' arms. we sat in disbelief and cried. and prayed. then cried. then prayed again. i honestly struggled to know how to pray at a time like this.
i sat at my desk sobbing this morning as i reread the note pēteris had written to bella. my Bible reading happened to be from psalm 90 where moses asked God to teach him "to number his days" (vs. 12). this is one of many lessons that i will take away from izabella's life. we are never guaranteed tomorrow. every day and every breath is gracious gift from God. i have also witnessed what a powerful impact a four-year-old can have on an entire country. what a testimony to her life!
here is the note pēteris wrote his daughter the day after she died. its one of the most poweful stories that i have ever read. a true man of faith and a beautiful young life! thank you Jesus! please keep their family in your prayers over the coming weeks and months.