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It Makes You Want to Weep and Weep

This letter is in response to the article, "A Grief So Profound It Hurts Our Souls"

"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24).

I recite this beloved verse every day when I get up. But since the tragedy that devastated the Woerlen family last week, I and my family find it very hard to rejoice. In fact, we are stricken with grief and cannot shake it off. We mourn—indeed whole Niagara and Canada mourns—for the inutterable loss of a devout Christian mother and her eight children (the mother, Monika Woerlen, being pregnant with the eighth one) in a horrific fire in their farmhouse that consumed them all. Their homestead was only a few miles from ours. We visited their burned-down home. What utter desolation! Nothing but charred timbers! What utter sadness that shrouds this place which once witnessed a blessedly large, vibrant, closely-knit, happy family full of hopes and dreams! All gone. Dust to dust, ashes to ashes. It makes you want to weep. … and weep and weep.

Now we grieve especially for the father, Marc Woerlen. We cannot fully imagine the unspeakable torment this poor man is going through, the sheer torture, the emptiness of having lost the love of his life, the woman with whom he spent his "golden years", and those lively, joyful children.

But, in the end, we do rejoice, for as Christians we have the comfort of knowing that Monika and her loved ones for whom she selflessly devoted her life, have all left this vale of tears and gone to their eternal home to be with Jesus.

Marc hopes and prays—and this drives him on—that he will someday re-join his beloved family when the Lord calls him home.

"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

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