Jordan called from Korea a little bit ago and told Jason that their good friend, Christian Skoglund, died yesterday in a helicopter crash in Italy.
Christian, Jason, and Jordan all lived together while in flight school in Alabama and have been friends since then. I only know Christian through Jason’s accounts and those tell me that he loved Jesus, his wife, Elizabeth, and was committed to his service as an army pilot. Jason often tells stories of living in Big Pink with the guys–I think he would say one of the best seasons of his life and Christian was a very influential part of that. I know even now, hearing it in Jason’s voice when called, he misses Christian very much.
I keep thinking about Elizabeth, not being able to truly imagine the pain she must feel. I keep praying for her–that the presence of God would be before her clearly and brightly in the midst of such grief. Please pray for her, too, as well as his family and friends. Many hearts are broken.
I praise God that this is not the end for Christian–he worshiped and served Jesus Christ. It sets one more brick in the understanding that we hope in that which we do not see, what we wait for in eternity. But it still has got to hurt like hell for those deeply affected by his death. There is no way to reconcile the “why?”, but there is a promise.
“When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts in immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ “ (1 Cor. 15:54-55)