Where do I begin? Tragedy has struck our community once again. Last night, Ally Baker, age 9, went to be with the Lord. This vibrant, beautiful little girl had a brain aneurysm while playing on the playground of a local church.
I did not know Ally personally. I’ve known her grandparents since childhood and have known her daddy, Shaun, all of his life.
I’ts times like this that we realize how fragile life really is. Here was Ally, at church, enjoying fellowship with others and suddenly she is gone. Quite frankly, these are times that we realize there are things in this world that we do not understand. This is one of those times.
My mom passed away two weeks ago after a long struggle from the effects of a massive stroke. She was 80 years old. She had a long, fulfilling life. Then we have Ally….just a child in, what seemed to be, perfect health. I’ll ask the question that mom indicated to me on many occasions and the question that most everyone is asking right now:
Mom couldn’t figure out WHY she was alive in the state she was in. I can’t comprehend the WHY behind the sudden death of Ally.
Death is as sure as being born. It is a fact that we will all die someday. It is equally true that I can’t and never will be able to answer the question of why?
The older I get the more I realize that the mysteries of this world will continue to be mysteries.
I would like to share a few scriptures from God’s Word that comforted me years ago and I pray will comfort Ally’s family as they cope with here loss.
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
Shaun, Lindsey, and the rest of the family I hope you can picture Ally as being that little child. Can’t you just picture her sitting in the lap of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? She is laughing, smiling and nestled in the arms of the Creator. I know you long to hold her but take comfort in knowing that she is in Heaven….the place we long to be.
I’m reminded of King David’s response when his young son died. His servants were perplexed that he had prayed and fasted for God to heal his son and they were not sure of his reaction after learning of the child’s death. David told them in:
2 Samuel 12:22-23 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
We cannot bring our loved ones back but we can follow David’s example and go, someday, to be with them.
Shaun and Lindsey, you likely have so many unanswered questions. One question is answered….your little angel is in the presence of the Lord, Himself.
My prayers and the prayers of many are with you.
May GOD Bless..
A donation account has been set up for the Baker family at City National Bank in Quitman to assist with funeral expenses.