Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ten Years Gone

December 13th holds special significance in our lives.  It was 10 years ago 3:30 in the morning that we received a phone call from a hospital in CO telling us our 25 year old son, Kevin, had died of heart failure.  A virus attacked his heart and put him into congestive heart failure.

This past week we have been experiencing more sadness than usual.  As a pastor and pastor's wife we know that certain anniversaries intensify grief.  Still, it surprised us. We know that our son is in a much better place.  We adopted Kevin when he was 3, and he had gone through a horrific early childhood.  As his oldest sister, our Beth, said at the time of his death, he died of a broken heart, both physically and emotionally.  So we grieve, but we grieve with hope, knowing Kevin is with Jesus and is whole and healthy.  Whole and healthy!  And time does lessen the really does. 

Here is an article I wrote about Kevin years ago.  Fast Shoes And A Broken Heart.  He has been ten years gone, but also ten years whole and healthy.  And for that, we give thanks.  We will see him again some day!   We still grieve,  but we do so knowing where he is.  With Jesus. 


Gayle said...

I sometimes think we come into the world to learn something or to grow, and when we are done, we go back to God. I am so sorry for your sadness, and yet take comfort in your hope in the eternal one who promises life ever-lasting.

Krista Sprankle said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your son but I love your outlook. The only thing that lessens the pain some, is knowing our loved ones are truly, truly free from the weight of this world.
(((HUGS))) to you today friend! :)

Sharon said...

Renee, I read this, and your beautiful post about Kevin and his fast shoes. I am saddened by the sudden and always painful loss of this dear son of yours. But I am so touched by your faith in our dear Lord's hope that you will see him again. I have joy in my heart at the picture of him running up to greet you and your family!

May the Lord of all comfort wrap you in His arms especially tight this year.