Monday, January 14, 2008

Difference Makers

The last 5 days have been surreal. They've been hard. Trying. Confusing. Difficult. Sad. Overwhelming. We've felt mad. Angry. Guilty. Selfish. Sad. Mostly sad. Sad pretty much sums it up.

We've had some moments where we've almost felt normal and then those emotions come rushing back at us. But we have managed to keep our faith (I think it's grown even) in God. And tonight our faith in human nature was strengthened quite a bit.

We had our regularly scheduled community group tonight with our small group from church. This is a wonderful group of people who have shared the excitement of our journey with us from day 1 and tonight they showered us with the love we needed. Instead of meeting in someone's home like we usually do tonight they asked us to all drive out to one of mine and Laura's favorite spots - the trails that we love to run on. We met in a field there and all huddled up in the cold. They did this for us - so we could be somewhere that they know we love to be. Somewhere that we feel closest to God - and tonight we felt closest to Brighton out there.

After Laura and I shared a little bit about where we were and what was going on - they went around the group and everyone had brought a special bible verse that meant something to them. They had written them on small cards and after reading them to us and giving us a LOT of encouragement they gave us these special notecards. They then presented us with a small chest that they had engraved with Brighton's full name on it and had his photo inside - a place for us to store all of the verses they had so thoughtfully brought for us. Check out the chest below. We absolutely love it and will cherish it forever.

Our small group leader then led us in a great prayer for us and Brighton that offered us peace, strength and encouragement.

Our church has a purpose statement that says:

North Metro Church exists to build a community of Christ followers who will be difference makers in their world and the world for Him.
Tonight our community group epitomized that statement by being difference makers in our world for God.

We are proud, privileged and blessed to call them all family.


Unknown said...

Wow. Community is good. God is awesome. Im thankful for your friends and that wonderful experience.

That indeed gave me chills. You guys are loved.

Still praying

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

What a great bunch of friends...

Margaret M said...

What an amazing way to remember Brighton. I know it must be wonderful to have that much love and support.

Paula said...

I'm sitting here crying just looking at the engraved box. That is so cool.

Unknown said...

To be surrounded by Christ followers is just awesome

Chris and Jen said...

Hi, I am a friend of Heather's and linked to your blog from hers. I felt the need to leave a comment because we also lost a child. We were 8 months into the process of adopting her and she passed away just a few weeks before we could travel. She was 100% our daughter as Brighton was your son. I am so sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

Uncle T, and Aunt Laura-
I love the box that all of your friends got you!!! That is sooo special. I hope you keep that forever!!!! Well, talk to you guys later!!! Love you and miss you guys!!
Ansley :)

Anonymous said...

WOW! What an amazing community group! Not only is this something you will keep forever, they presented it a way that you will never forget. This is so special and you both deserve it.


Anonymous said...

What an amazing Christ-centered support system you are blessed with. That engraved box just blew me away! Beyond thoughtful.

Jessica Perberg said...

I haven't been to your blog for a while and my heart is so heavy for you at the news of your sons passing. Know that you are in our prayers!

The Adventures of Jing and Ying said...

I found your blog through another person's blog on Rumor Queen. I am so sorry for your loss.

I lost my daughter back in February 2003. The pain never goes away, but it does get better.

Your family and son are in my prayers.


Karen said...

I am so sorry for you loss. The engraved box is absolutely beautiful and will be such a precious memory of you son.

Another GA family,