Saturday, November 19, 2005

A Sad Day

Yesterday was an extremely sad day for those of us with ties to Caldwell Academy here in Greensboro. We lost a wonderful young man in a horrible auto accident Thursday night. I happened to be driving home from a meeting shortly after it happened, and I recall seeing two highway patrolmen racing north toward Bryan Boulevard. I wondered at the time where they were headed in such a hurry . . . now I know.

I did not personally know Clete Childs or his family, but when you have such a close-knit school like Caldwell and the common bonds that we share, we all feel the loss. And as a parent, my heart goes out to Craig and Jamie Childs. It is so difficult to try and understand why things like this have to happen to someone so young and full of life. Joe Guarino, who is also a Caldwell parent, points out on his blog: "It was a sobering reminder of every parent's nightmare. Clete's death speaks to us the transitory nature of our own existence. We are, in fact, merely dust even as we inflate the significance of our momentary circumstances." However, as Christians, it is incredibly reassuring for us to know that despite all that can go horribly wrong in our lives, God is in control. As Caldwell Head of School Mark Guthrie said in this morning's News & Record, "I trust the Lord, and I don't understand Him at times, but that's OK."

Please pray for Clete's family at home, as well as his family at school and at his church, where his father is senior pastor. And let us not forget to pray for the man who caused the accident - may God do an incredible work in his life. Thank you.


At Saturday, November 19, 2005 12:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The deaths of young kids just wreaks havoc on me. Those are the most painful tears I cry. As WORLD magazine always seems to print with the obit news "Man knows not the hour of his passing".
I didnt know the deceased. I've never been anywhere in SC except Charleston as part of our post Honeymoon drive from Levittown NY to Austin Tx.
I will pray for Clete's parents and hope that all in this community who knew him or know them will minister as Christ would lead them.
The death of anyone is unimaginable heartache. Perhaps most especially the death of a young man or woman in the late teens when he's on the "cusp of adulthood". We can only wonder what might have been.
And true we cannot understand why something like this had to happen but we must trust Our Lord even in times of aching loss.

At Monday, December 06, 2010 8:58:00 AM, Anonymous adetayo said...

i just saw a movie-the ultimate gift,and i saw that it was done in memory of Clete Childs. I am Nigerian,and ofcourse i didnt know who he ws,so i googled.
Well,here i am now. I thank God for his life,even in death,he is celebrated. So many have passed and noone knows. May his soulkeep resting. Amen.

At Sunday, May 15, 2016 4:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just watched the movie - Ultimate Gift made in memory of Clete Mcallister Childs - his passing was not in vain - Thank God for Life - I pray his family finds comfort in knowing that many are still being touched in some way because he lived.
Kim - Kenya


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