“…no one understands that the righteous
are taken away to be spared from evil.”
Isaiah 57:1 (NIV)
On perhaps 10 occasions during my years of Christian ministry I have been called on to perform the funeral of a child. These have been the most difficult times of work that I ever experienced. There seems to be something especially obscene about a person being cut off by death before they have really tasted life.
Families wonder what their child might have been if they had been given time to mature and develop into a useful citizen of society and member of Christ’s church. This often happens at the time the child might have been of an age to enter university or get married.
I found that after doing a funeral of a child I had to retreat into myself for the rest of the day. Alone with the Lord I would seek some assurance that He was still with His people and that somehow this tragedy would work out for the good in the lives of those who mourned.