Comforting those with heavy hearts at Christmas

Last Wednesday night a sweet, seventeen year old girl worked on a paper for one of her classes. Before she went to bed she checked her Facebook page and changed her profile picture to a photo of her and her brother. She labeled the picture, ” My best friend.”  The next morning as she was driving to school she hit a tree and was killed. Her grandmother was traveling the same road and came upon the accident.

I live in a very small community and tragedies like the one that happened last week touch us all. On Sunday I went to the funeral home and hugged the young girls aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, siblings (I had her brother in class when I taught) and both sets of grandparents. There just aren’t words to convey the pain this family is experiencing.

I remember clearly how painful the first Christmas was after my mother died and I can not imagine how difficult the holidays will be for this family.

I would like to ask all my readers at NanaHood to pray for Molly’s family and other families who may be suffering because they have lost a loved one.  We think of this time of year as being full of joy, but unfortunately for many that isn’t the case.  If there is someone in your community, family or church family that needs comforting this Christmas, won’t you reach out to them? After all, Jesus is the real reason for the season and because he lived and died for our sins we celebrate his birth at Christmas and all year long.



  1. That is so sad. I will be praying!

  2. Oh, how sad! We will be praying for Molly’s family!

    We, too, lost my mother to lung cancer, followed by bone and brain cancer, one month ago today.

    This is a very touching blog today!

    Merry Christmas

  3. Praying for this family! I lost my brother in May; he was 33 years old, the picture of health and strength. He went to sleep one night and didn’t wake up the next morning. I had talked with him just two days before, and for that I am forever grateful! I am sure Molly’s brother will treasure her FB post for years to come as well. May the Lord hold this family, and all of the others who are mourning the loss of a loved one, in his warm embrace. May they feel His love and comfort and strength until the day when they are once again together with their loved one for all eternity!

    Mourning the loss of my brother and rejoicing in our Savior’s birth, and the hope it brings, this Christmas. Merry Christmas!

  4. I will be praying for Molly’s family. How sad!!
    My daughter and I are in a group called the Patriot Guard Riders, we stand for our fallen soldiers at funerals and committals, like at the national cemetery in Portland. Today we were in a flag line for a young man who was home on leave from Iraq. He was killed in a single car accident, car caught fire and had to have dental records to verify the person. So sad! We didn’t know him but were there for the family for finally resting place and military honors. I’ve heard taps, 21 gun salute and bag pipes one too many times. But it’s what we do and feel for the families and grateful for the service of the fallen. As a veteran, I appreciate it so much.
    Take care and thanks for sharing. Life is precious and too short, sometimes.