As I've struggled with the sad feeling I've felt with Dave passing on, I have realized a few things. Last night as I thought of my sweet nieces and nephew I felt so sad for them. Fathers day is in a couple of days and I know they will be missing their dad. I think when someone looses their life at a younger age we tend to say things like "I guess the Lord must have needed them for something on the other side." There have been a few times that I have thought about my brother dying of his addiction. As I worried about him I have struggled to find comfort in the thought of someone dying as a result of their addiction. I felt like you couldn't really say that the Lord needed them because the addiction was the cause. As I mentioned this to my sister Leslie today on the phone she helped me to see something more spiritual. Maybe the Lord realized how much Dave was suffering and decided it was enough. I know that the Lord is merciful to us. In John 11:35 it Says "Jesus Wept" This was when he raises Lazarus from the dead. I think the profoundness of this scripture shows that he really understood how Mary and Martha felt. He had compassion for them. It shows me that the Lord has felt what we felt, after all he suffered for all of our sins. In Alma 42:15 it Says "And now, the plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made; therefore God himself atoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy, to appease the demands of justice, that God might be a perfect, just God, and a merciful God also. I really know that God is merciful. I don't understand why things happen the way that they do but I know that God knows what is in our hearts. I also know that Dave is at peace. I am so grateful for the mercy of God in my life.
In Memory Of David Eugene Bashford