Friday, December 23, 2005

James Dungy's death

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dungy family upon the death of their son, James. He was the 18 year-old son of Indianapolis Colts' head coach, Tony Dungy. Every one who knows about Coach Dungy knows about his strong Christian testimony, his long involvement with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and his ministry in the communities of both Tampa and Indy.

Even more, to lose a child in this fashion--by suicide--can only be devestating. As we come near Christmas day, one cannot help but think of Matthew 2 and the weeping of Bethlehem's mothers because of Herod's slaughter of their children. The Gospel writer quotes the OT, "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more" (Matthew 2:18). The weeping that these mothers knew is the kind of weeping the Dungys know now.

It's my prayer that the Dungy family will find the consolation of the Christ child, who came to bind up wounded hearts and set prisoners free.

An especially moving piece on this situation is Bob Kravitz's column in the Indy Star.

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