Letter to the Editor

Dear Natalie, most Letters to the Editor strive to avoid becoming personal. This is not one of those letters. It is as personal as I can possibly make it. The unexpected death of your husband and daughter has made your readers’ hearts break and bleed for you. The fact that some of us have also walked in the shoes of grief has made us more sensitive, more caring, more willing to wrap our collective arms around you and your son in a kind of loving, encouraging, collective group hug. Even as our hearts break for you, we want you to know that your community offers our love and sincere compassion. Now is not the time to quibble over politics or procedures. Those things can wait. Now we simply want to say we are so very sorry this happened. We want to tell you we are praying that the peace of God, the kind that goes beyond all understanding, will make itself obvious in your heart and in the hearts of those who love you. We want to tell you that somehow, life goes on, despite the way it may now feel. We want to let you know, in a very direct and personal way, that you have a large, diverse family of friends, many of whom you have never met, who are standing with you as brothers and sisters. May God’s presence bring you peace, power, purpose, protection, and provision in these days, and all the days to come.

 

John Cotten

Milledgeville 

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