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