I worry about the state of my country. Everyday there’s a news story about a decision that’s made, or a comment made by elected officials, that seem to highlight that we’re heading down the wrong road. There’s a part of me that would like to ignore the news entirely.
Today, however, was different. A story in today’s news gave me hope, highlighted the goodness in humanity, although the story is bittersweet. It was about Marquise Goodwin and his wife. Marquise plays professional football for the San Francisco 49ers. Early Sunday morning he and his wife lost a child. After a difficult pregnancy the child did not survive. What struck me were the words he used to announce his loss to his fans. How beautifully he spoke about his wife.
“I just wanna thank those who’ve genuinely prayed for @morganakamomo & myself through out this pregnancy. Unfortunately we lost our baby boy due to some complications, and had to prematurely deliver him early this morning around 4am. Although we are hurt, I am grateful for the experience and grateful that God blessed me with a wife as courageous and resilient as Morgan. The pain (physically, mentally, & emotionally) that she has endured is unbelievable. Please Pray for the Goodwin family.”
Certainly heartbreaking, but it’s a message of love and endurance. Of being there for each other through thick and thin, and although I suspect Marquise and his wife live a lifestyle most of us do not, it points out the fact that we’re all human, we all suffer, and with love and support, we all make it through the tough times.