It's so easy to misuse words in life. The past couple of days, I've used the word tragedy to refer to a situation in my life that was, quite frankly, anything but...
Then, along comes news like this
. The youngest son of radio host, Rick Burgess died yesterday. Rick is one half of the Rick and Bubba, who host their daily, syndicated radio show from Birmingham, Alabama.
I don't know Rick or his family. We're not friends, but I do spent a couple of hours each week, listening to Rick and Bubba on the radio. I've met him once for about ten seconds when he autographed a copy of their second book for me last summer.
Reading the news, I'm reminded of what real tragedy is. And my thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this painful time.
But I also have to say something else. Go and read the note
on the official Rick and Bubba site about the news. Somehow in this time of pain, the Rick and Bubba family is offering praise to God, praise in the most difficult of circumstances. And in that, they are a great example of how I want to and should be walking as a Christian.
For that example and for the life of this young boy cut tragically short, I give praise. And I offer my heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the family during this time. And I hope you will remember this family in your prayer time in the days and weeks ahead...
posted by Michael Hickerson at 1/20/2008 10:56:00 AM