“Our lives will never be the same again, but in a good way,” I was talking to Jean on the phone the other day and we agreed about her precious grandson, CJ. Never the same again, but in a good way. He changed many lives forever in marked ways that make us somehow a little more Christ-like for having known him. It is with no sadness for CJ that we know he has a new address in heaven and is healed now, thanks be to God. But in our own pain and loss, we really wanted it to end differently.
A little later today, I will take down the side banner that asked you to pray for CJ. I will never forget how CJ and his family’s faith encouraged a group of faithful prayer warriors, how His love poured from your hearts, how a picture of CJ with his hand reaching out toward heaven when he was just one day old touched my life.
He made me more grateful, and he made me more aware that life is sacred and each moment to be enjoyed. It is with an overflowing heart of love and sadness that I thank you, Jean, especially for sharing your love story with us, to be privileged to pray with you and to hopefully make your burden a little lighter. I love you so, my friend.
It still hurts, Lord. But all glory is yours in every event under heaven.
By Your Grace alone, Amen.
Much love to each of you,
Would you listen with me one more time to CJ’s song, and give thanks.