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Sometimes Bad Things Happen to Good People January 19, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — rlginny @ 4:06 am

Dear Baby Girl,

I want you to know that, sometimes, bad things can happen to good people.

People get sick. It’s a fact of life. Sometimes, people get really sick, to the point where they have to be hospitalized, or even to the point where there doesn’t seem to be hope in the future. And sometimes, there isn’t. Sometimes we lose these people.

But that doesn’t mean the people were or are bad or that they did anything to deserve being sick. It doesn’t mean you, or any of the people that loved them, did anything to deserve what losing the person does to them. It just happens sometimes.

It sucks. But it happens.

There are also going to be difficult times in your life. Everyone has them. There are going to be moments, days, weeks, sometimes even months or years when you are going to be in a bad situation or have bad things happen and, during that time, you are going to feel alone. You are going to wonder what in the world you did to “deserve” this. You are going to wonder what these bad things are pay back for.

And the answer to all those questions is, simply, nothing. Bad things happen. There are times when you will feel like you can’t do this anymore, can’t keep moving and can’t go on. You will feel like you are pushed to the edge and anything else would break you.

But let me tell you, that’s not true. God does not “let” or “make” things happen to people, but He also isn’t going to leave you alone completely. Even if you feel like there is no one else there for you, He will be. Sometimes, He trusts us to handle things on our own much better than we think we can, but He knows we can do it. And, just knowing that, will often give me the strength to handle it and go on.

Someone, somewhere, is always on your side and will help you and be there to catch you if you fall. Sometimes, that someone will be me. Sometimes, it might be your Nana. Or your Gigi. Or your Daddy. But someone will be there.

None of this is to say, however, that such times are easy. They may be part of a bigger plan, or may not be something happening in retribution, and may not be more than you or we can handle, but that doesn’t mean they don’t suck, and majorly. They do.

It just means that, at some point, it will pass and there will be light again.

You just have to keep breathing and keep watching for it.




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