I’ll Always Be There

4613071617_3e57b7dc41_zThree years ago something happened that would change my life forever. When I was eleven years old, my grandfather passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack. At that age, I didn’t understand why this was happening and why it was happening to my family. To this day, I can remember exactly what happened. It was about eleven o’clock at night. My sister and I had been asleep for hours, when my dad woke us up.

“Get your shoes on,” dad said, in a panic. This scared me. My dad, sister, and I climbed into my dad’s truck.

“Dad, what’s going on?” I asked.

“Grandpa is in the hospital and I need to go there to be with your mom,” my dad replied.

I went into a daze, not able to process what was happening. Was he going to be all right? Would I be able to sit and talk to him and my Grana on the porch again as I had done a few hours ago? He was fine then. My heart was breaking.

I would have never guessed it was the last time I would ever see him, or even talk to him. “Where are you taking us,” I asked as he drove frantically down the mountain. “I’m taking you to Nana and Papaw’s.” I remember laying in my nana’s bed when the phone rang. It was daddy. He told Nana that Grandpa was dead. I melted into tears. I couldn’t believe he was dead. I felt like I was breaking. I didn’t know if I was strong enough for this.

When something happens in your life that you don’t think you can handle, and you feel like you’re all alone; think again. God is always with you. He will help you through the dark times of your life. I didn’t think that I could handle losing one of my best friends, but I did. It’s hard, but you’ll get through it. With the Lord’s help and the support of friends and family, you’ll be able to come out of the trial, like I did, realizing that because my Grandpa was a Christian and I am as well, I have a hope to see him again when this life is finished.

I promise, with Christ, you are never alone. I promise; you are never alone.


My name is ShaKinley Wilkie. I am 15 years old. I like to write short stories for kids. That was the only kind of writing I liked until I wrote this devotional. By writing this devotional it has opened my eyes to see that it might be a help to other people.


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