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15 July 2008
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Death on its own is difficult to bear, but the death of a child brings about a sense of loss like no other. This story examines death from the other side.
Some years ago a friend of mine lost his son at about four years old. From that he and his mother had many theological arguments as to why he had to go. So with that in mind I wrote this piece wondering about it from the other side.
“…after David learned of the death of his infant child, David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate.” – (2 Samuel 12:20).
Christopher Michael Carter
The Child & God
Written by Christopher Michael Carter
“Why did you take me?” The child asked.
“It’s what I’m to do,” God said, “if your time has passed.”
“But how has my time passed, am I not but a child?”
“Your time on earth is done – now – Don’t we have everything up here worthwhile?”
“I’d rather be with my parents and my friends…”
“And I never wanted it to end.” The child clarified.
“You’ll see them again soon, assuming they don’t slip through the cracks.”
“And what am I to do but wait for years wondering why you gave me to some wonderful people only to soon take me back.”
…And God was speechless.
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