Today makes four weeks since we lost precious Kyle. Thursday will be one month, and I know that in what will seem like a blink – to most of us – we will be counting the years since he passed.
Time moves forward. Promotion and graduations will happen this week, vacation plans are being made, and new sports programs are gearing up.
Life goes on – but not as it was.
Of course it will never be as it was.
Every single one of us has been forever impacted by the loss of Kyle.
This impact is expressed in several ways. There are the obvious displays, such as the “Never Forgotten” bracelets or “In Memory” sweatshirts that kids had made up.
There are the stories, pictures, mementos.
Snapshots of life with a kid who was so deeply loved.
Then there are the more subtle ways in which life is different.
Passwords created to include the number 44. Hiking trips planned to very specific destinations. A desire to fish that is driven by much more than a love for the activity.
Hugs are a little tighter, relationships deeper, connections stronger.
And so we live life. But we are different.
We move forward. We learn, we grow, we experience.
We laugh, we cry, we yell, we listen.
But, again, we are different.
I have the distinct honor of doing life with Kyle’s family, and I love these people more than they will ever know.
And I wish, so much, that I could take this from them. That I could make it better.
But I can’t.
I know that even as I sit with them and listen and talk and drink coffee and pray, that I can’t really do anything.
And that’s okay, because it’s not about me.
It’s about Jesus.
It’s about showing my friends Jesus. It’s about encouraging them to look to Jesus. It’s about praying for them and taking them to Jesus when they can’t get there themselves.
Because He is Healer.
He is Comforter.
He is Life. He is Love.
He is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.
For all of you who are walking through the valley of the shadow of death, please fear no evil.
Look to Jesus.
Jesus who understands death.
Jesus who wept.
Here is what He says:
“Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
See you soon.