Thursday, August 31, 2017

Home with the Father and His Dad

Riley is healed and whole, safe in the arms of Jesus and greeted by his earthly father and a grandmother he never met.  Just five days ago we celebrated Riley's life with a beautiful memorial service. Those of you who have prayed for our family may wish to view the short video his mom made with pictures and hear the message given by his dad's brother.


We are just beginning to fully realize all that has happened, and yet the peace of God truly does pass all understanding. We have not "lost" Riley, for we know exactly where he is! For Riley's mom, the days ahead will be difficult. . .  no husband, no eldest son. Thankfully, she is surrounded by loved ones and an amazing community of faith.  Their church has gathered around them like nothing I have ever seen.  Though they don't have their dad, the little brothers have men who really, really love them.  For me. . .  I have to think that the boys may be wondering, "First my dad, then my brother. . .  am I next?"  They will really need those in the family and the faith community to come around them and hold them up.  God has a much bigger plan than we can possibly know.  As incredibly hard as this road has been, it has not been without purpose.  Thousands have been touched by Jonathan's and Riley's testimonies of faith and assurance that the Lord of all the universe had them in the palm of His hand.

While giong through this devastation/rejoicing, we are of course witnessing the devastation in our country from hurricane Harvey.  It is almost impossible to get my mind around that much water... it is utterly heartbreaking.  It is also heartening to see people working and helping and loving their neighbors.  God has a plan even in those situations.  We may not know what it is until we see Jesus face to face... but then we will know fully.

"For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." 1 Corinthians 13:12


  1. Makes me cry with you. Beginnings and endings all the time in this life. Bless your hearts. All of you. Hope this long weekend brings rest.

  2. What a beautiful child who has gone home to his Father and Dad. Now he is healed and happy like never before. It is those of you who are left that we now pray for. Praying for his dear mother and brothers. So thankful that they have a loving family and church to surround them with support. God bless them all!

  3. Riley is healed and home, but there is sorrow here on earth. I pray for comfort for his mother and siblings, and for all of you. May God's arms of love wrap around you all.

  4. That Riley is safely home does not change the remaining family's reality and it is sobering. One can't help but wonder the plan and purpose in it even as you cling to the goodness of God knowing He does have a plan. Your extended family continues to be in my prayers. Precious church family to love and walk with them. Grief is never an easy road.

  5. What a beautiful and inspiring video. Although very sad it was good to see the fun that Riley had during his short life. May the parents and family be blessed beyond measure.