Mother searches for God’s purpose in the midst of grief

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Sarah Decareaux feeds her children Elise, 2, and Finn, 4,  at their home in Millstadt, Ill., on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Sarah lost her husband David Decareaux and her other two boys, Dominic, 10, and Grant, 8, after they died from the cold during a hiking trip on the Ozark Trail. Photo by Erik M. Lunsford/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Sarah Decareaux feeds her children Elise, 2, and Finn, 4, at their home in Millstadt, Ill., on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Sarah lost her husband David Decareaux and her other two boys, Dominic, 10, and Grant, 8, after they died from the cold during a hiking trip on the Ozark Trail. Photo by Erik M. Lunsford/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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ST. LOUIS (RNS) After losing her husband and two sons in a hiking accident, Sarah Decareaux says God ``wants to use us for a purpose. I don't know why he would do that to us, to serve some purpose, but I know there is one.'' Now she's trying to figure out what it is.

  • Jan

    “Humankind cannot bear very much reality.”
    ― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

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  • Suze

    I cannot imagine the amount of pain she must feel every day. However, I do believe they are with God. I will not tell you God doesn’t give you more than you can handle, because that is not true. God does not give you more than HE can handle. Rely on him and love the precious gifts he left you.

  • Carl Diederichs

    I’m a follower of the wonderful theologian James Alison and I think he would say that Abba would never wish a death on anyone. But, when it happens, whether tragically or peacefully in bed, God is there with open arms to receive us. And while receiving the person who has died, God our Father would be holding the tearful survivor close to his heart.

  • There is no way to cope with inexplicable tragedy other than through God’s grace and presence. That’s why so many young people resort to suicide under the influence of secularism. It is a hollow and empty god. I know God will continue to bless Sarah and her remaining children for she is a faith-filled woman who is an inspiration to us all.

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