Monday, July 25, 2011

Among the Holy Ones

Our dear friend Connor left this earth on Friday to enjoy forever eternal happiness with His Heavenly Father.

Please pray for our friends Brian and Liz, their family and friends for healing and for peace in such a difficult time of loss.

Our community gathered last night in a candlelight vigil to pray and share stories with one another of how Connor has made our lives more rich by his suffering being offered up in humility. It was simply breathtaking to see all the lives this little boy had touched and brought together into one place.

Our theme was "richness" because Connor always knew how rich he truly was in this life. As we prayed over this theme, this passage from Ephesians came to mind:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love
he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved. In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the one who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.

In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised holy Spirit,
Therefore, I, too, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love for all the holy ones,do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him.

May the eyes of (your) hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones.

As people shared Connor's light with one another many told humorous, yet unforgettable stories of how Connor always saw the best in people, never wanting anyone to be left out or hurting. He was truly a window into heaven.

The last picture Colin had taken with is farmer friend...

We love you Connor and will miss your affectionate smile, your warm brown eyes, and your Guinness Book of World Record reading.

Thank you for always reminding us (every time we visited you) that God has a plan for us and that we will know someday. It brings us great comfort to know that you are counted among the angels and saints praying for us!

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