Unexpected Death

It’s the godfather of all grief

You have heard Tony Soprano
is no longer in the choir.
His voice has unexpectedly been stilled.
All his stunned fans can’t believe it
as they start to sing the blues.
Tony leaves behind big shoes that can’t be filled.

Yes, when death blindsides a loved one
who seemed healthy and so young,
it derails our peace of mind and feels so wrong.
Like a mafioso hit man,
grief is brutal and unkind
as it strangles joy and silences our song.

Unexpected death’s a killer
for it rocks you to the core.
There’s no bracing for the heartbreak that it brings.
Still, faith dulls the sting of sorrow
as it drills down deep for hope
where the peace and grace of God forever springs.