Tuesday, May 6, 2008
not about us
Well today was not about me, the kids or even the dog. Today was about our nephew Luke. He was almost 11 weeks old and quite an evangelist even though he never spoke a word or even left his bed. His story and the faith of his parents and brother and sister will live forever. Luke passed into Heaven this afternoon...he's running freely without wires and tubes and nurses.
We've buried Rob's 100 year old grandmother and now we are traveling to the funeral of our nephew...not even a full 3 months old. I guess there is no magic age, no special number of days, week or years that will make you feel good about saying good-bye.
Believing in a loving God doesn't mean that things like this are simple. It just means that we admit we are not perfect and that our ways are not best and that as good as this life gets it still hurts. In the comfort of our air conditioned homes and spiffy (yep, I said spiffy) cars this world is good and sometimes pretty cool, but not great, it is not home and is not eternal.
In the midst of their sadness they are able to say it's not about them either....they have asked:
"Susan & I request that instead of flowers that if you feel led to send something, to please donate to the children's ministry at New Hope or to our Nigerian Mission Project which provides medical care & water to our friends in Nigeria, just designate one or the other. You can send a check payable to New Hope Baptist Church the website is www.newhopebc.org & the address is 551 New Hope Rd. Fayetteville, Ga. 30214 & just put a note in the memo."
(These pictures are from the many visits to the NICU in Atlanta...this is Sydney and Hogan with their little brother.)