Archive for April, 2013

Why the innocent?

April 16, 2013

A day after the horrific tragedy at the Boston Marathon, my mind keeps returning to Martin Richard.

Martin was the 8-year-old boy who was attending the event with his family, who were supporting friends who were in the marathon. What started out to be a joyous occasion turned into a nightmare for the Richard family and countless others who were at the Boston Marathon on April 15. Not only was Martin killed, his mother and sister were seriously injured.

Even those who escaped harm will never be able to escape the horror of the day. It will be forever etched in their memories.

I keep thinking of Martin. From what I read this 8-year-old was a typical boy. He enjoyed life.

Now, the Richard family will always wonder why. Why did a terrorist target this sporting event? Why did it happen at the exact moment that it did? Why was their son one of three (currently) who died?

These are questions in which we will probably never know the answers.

Martin Richard was an innocent bystander who certainly did not deserve to die. But the innocent often perish as do the guilty.

Why? I don’t know why it was this precious 8-year-old, but I do know why it happened.

We live in a world of sin. When sin is involved, the innocent can suffer.

Pray for this family who lives hundreds of miles from Tennessee. My prayer is that they know Christ because He is the only one who can help them endure the months and years to come. If they don’t know Christ, my prayer is that someone will lead them to Him during this time.

Pray for our nation. Sin is rampant. God truly is our only hope.

An Easter to remember

April 2, 2013

Easter Sunday, as always, was a significant day because we remembered the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Easter Sunday 2013, however, will always be extra special for the Wilkey/Beasley families.

Our 3-month-old grandson, Elijah David (Eli) Beasley, was dedicated at SkyPointe Church in Travelers Rest, S.C. on Easter Sunday.

For those who are not aware, Eli’s arrival into this world on Dec. 17, 2012, was not without complications. In fact, it was touch and go for a long while. Countless prayers went up on behalf of our newborn grandson and God answered those prayers in a mighty way.

Those prayers bore fruit on Easter Sunday as my daughter, Joanna, and son-in-law, Matt, held Eli in their arms and dedicated him to the Lord.

To Him be the glory!