Friday, September 3, 2010


After the joyful celebration of our son's 13th birthday yesterday, we received news of the tragic loss of a young man (now married and a father) who we had the privilege of serving as children's pastor and youth pastor during our staff days at church.

I remember one particular time when my son was about 2 years old. Some of the youth were joking around and said, "You better watch out. Your son might turn out like E," indicating this young man. I was tempted to join in the banter, but instead turned to him and said, "You know, actually I would be happy if he turns out like you."

Smiling, surprised at my response, this young man said, "Really?" and walked away, his head a little higher, his step more confident.

And looking at my son, I see he does share some of the same qualities and characteristics of E. Loving and kind, compassionate, a friend to those in need, just to name a few. We are stunned that he is gone. Pray for his family: wife and young son, mom, sister, and countless others who were impacted by his too-short life.

Come quickly, Lord
Angel legions to our aid
This tragic loss
Assails our souls
And questions bring more grief

There are no answers
To our whys
And so to You we cling
The solid rock
In this life's storm
The refuge that we need

Rise up, O Comfort
Come with speed
Wrap in Your strong embrace
The shattered hearts in deepest pain
Struggling to believe

You are the light in darkest night
The One who bears the pain
You hold and love
Console and catch
The tears of those who weep.

1 comment:

  1. May he rest in Peace. Praying for his family.