Parishoner at Holy Infancy posted a Condolence
| May 18, 2012
When I lost my 19 year old niece, this was read at her funeral. I now pass it on to you. May God's grace and peace be with you all.
Human beings do not belong to one another. We are God's children. We belong to Him. It is by sheer grace that we are together for a time-for a little while. We receive God's gift of another person in our lives with thanksgiving. But we must realize that this person is a gift-we cannot hang on or refuse to let go of one of God's children when He calls.
Dante Wright was a gift. One of God's own tiny children. And for a time God gave Dante to the world: in order that two human beings might have a child, and that siblings might have a brother, and grandparents have a grandson. And because of Dante the world more fully understood the greatness of the Love of God. God loved the world so much that He gave it Dante.
And that was nice of God.
But now Dante Wright is dead. And the world won't see him again...that's painful. And there is no way under heaven to minimize the pain. Jesus said, "Go now therefore, and have sorrow." We do not sorrow because God is cruel or unjust. The world did nothing to deserve Dante.
He gave him to us freely. Not because we deserve it, but because He loved us. We are not sorrowing because God is unjust. We are sorrowing because Dante is gone. And that's right. That's just right. Jesus said, "Go and have sorrow." A part of us is dead, the part that we called our son, our brother, our grandson, our nephew, our godchild, our cousin, our student, our friend. That part of us we called Dante is gone. And we know the heartbreak all too well. We will never be the same. And that's right too. We can't be the same, ever again.
We were here to say good-by to one of God's tiny children. Jesus said, "You now have sorrow but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you." He said, "When you pray, say "Father." God loves Dante, and he belongs to Him. He always has. For a time He gave him to the world, and now He has called him to Himself. And now we know emptiness...that's the way it is with us human beings.
Today, we must reluctantly offer Dante back to God. In doing so, we offer ourselves too...we are here to trust God, to love Him, and to realize how much He loves us. We are here to say good-by to Dante, one of God's tiny children. For now, we must let go of his hand forever...but in doing so, we give it over to that of his heavenly Father. We cannot hang on...we must let go..for God has hold of his hand and He is never going to let go....Amen.
1 Thessalonians 4:13–14 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. (NLT) the bible says it best! we the west family love you all and pray for your strength during this time. We may not really have the right words but know we also feel your pain. Dante will forever be remembered! He has left his imprints in our hearts. Mitz