Monday, May 31, 2010

The Fair Factor

Fair is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. Nobody ever said life was fair. All is fair in love and war. Fair's fair. And so on and so forth.

But where does 'fair' come in to play in all this?

It doesn't seem 'fair' that my husband, a good man, a kind man, a loving man, would be taken from this world when so many horrible people doing terrible things are allowed to stay in it.

It doesn't seem 'fair' that two loving parents should lose their only son, the most precious part of their lives.

It doesn't seem 'fair' that a young wife should have to lose the love of her life without even getting to say goodbye.

It doesn't seem 'fair' that just when his life was getting started, it should all be taken away by someone else, without him even getting a chance to fight for it.

It doesn't seem 'fair' that any of this would happen at all.

One of my favourite song lyrics has been running around and around in my head since the day of the accident:

"The beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair."

I've always loved this line.

It says, hey, if life was really fair and people really got what they deserved, we'd all be in a world of hurt. Because we are all flawed. We all screw up, we all hurt other people, we all do the wrong thing. But thank God for grace because it sets everything to rights and protects us from the consequences we really deserve for all the things we do.

Only now how do I reconcile this concept with my new life?

On the one hand, I am grateful life is not fair. Grateful that we are not punished for every mistake we make.

On the other hand, why couldn't this one thing be the one time life was fair? Because if it was, no way would my husband, who is so desperately needed here, be taken away.

No way would his parents have to live the rest of their lives without their only child, without grandchildren.

No way I would have to live out the rest of my life alone, separated from my other half.

No way would some other guy be walking away after falling asleep at the wheel while my husband's ashes sit by my bedside.

I wish I had an answer to this one.

I wish I could understand.

But it just isn't fair.


  1. I wish I could be as eloquent as you, but you are absolutely right... Life is not Fair.

  2. I agree sister.
    The unpredictability and timing of everything is what is not fair about life....I mean if you grow old with someone and enjoy your children and grandchildren and maybe even great grandchildren its easy to assume one spouse will die before the other but Craig and these circumstances are cruel and it pains me terribly to see you hurt so bad. It hurts worse to not be able to do anything about it either. Prayer seems hopeless at times but I stick to what I know.
    I wish he was still here for you cause I can only imagine how it feels to be half of myself.
    Craig is greatly missed, I only hope I can help his nephews remember a little bit about him even if only through pictures.
    Chris and I are thinking of you always, and Reuben of course, He amazes me at how often he asks about you.
    I love you Emily xoxoxo

  3. Emily, love your blog and your open heart. I'm sorry that you and I find ourselves in the title role of "widow".

  4. My mom has picture by the back door, one I saw everyday when I was living at home and it's still there when I go for a visit. It's a picture of Jesus and it says "I never said it would be fair. I only said it would be worth it."
    If we live right, we will get our reward in the end.
    He loves you and wants you to see Craig again, and you will. You still have eternity, even though right now I'm sure the emptiness and sadness feels like it will last for eternity.