We would hear our girls’ laughter drift down from playing dress up. Interruptions of anger over older brothers pranks. Years of prayers. Joys. Heartaches. Change. We grey and wrinkle, waiting. Death comes but not for us. Not yet. God, we yield to your ways. But we don’t like them. Not now. Not today.

I penned these words this morning when I learned of Kappel Cloninger’s unexpected death at 27 years old. As parents you know. [...]