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.
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