Emerie, Love You Still

One year ago today, I saw my friends go through one of the hardest things I've ever witnessed in my life. On August 4th 2016, Jenn and Brandon welcomed Emerie Elisa into the world and 3 days later on August 7th she was in the arms of her Savior. 

There aren't very many words, if any at all, that you can say at a time like that. And quite honestly much of what people say doesn't really help. There's nothing that you can say that would have brought little Emerie back, or made the pain any less. 

One of the few things that stuck with me during that time was a statement our pastor said. 

"Cling to the God your frustrated with. He can take it, but you need Him more now than ever."

At the time it was hard for them to hear music on the radio because all of it was happy clappy, everything is going to be okay.  But that wasn't their reality. Nothing was okay.

We live in a broken fallen sinful world where life just sucks at times. And it hurts. Pain can't be clapped away. For the rest of their lives they will live with the pain of losing a daughter they so eagerly sought to love and hold yet will have to wait until eternity to hold her again. 

"Emerie - Love You Still" was written for them. It was my way of putting their raw emotions in a song that made sense. We may never know why, but we will always love, Emerie and the God who now holds her till we reach the other side.