Too Soon to Say Good-bye

It’s hard to say good-bye.  My 19-year-old cousin was in an accident Friday night and didn’t make it.  Or maybe I should say he made to to the ultimate destination, because I know he’s in heaven.  Praise God for His salvation!

He’s not the first our staff has lost recently at a very young age, and we’re all hurting a little.  We are thankful for each other and our customers who show us compassion and share in their joy even when it feels like a dark day to us.  We may be dragging a bit, tired from some sleepless nights and swollen from some cried-out eyes, but we love you and appreciate you.

God is faithful.  He is full of grace.  He holds us when we can’t hold ourselves.  For everything we experience, good and bad, He is there.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-12

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.

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I know that Evan lived a happy, good life.  He was warm and kind, talented and smart.  He genuinely cared about others and used the gifts God gave him.  His memory is a beautiful one we will not forget.

This is a time a mourning for us as we say good-bye.  A time to heal.  But I know that Evan had a time to dance, a time laugh, a time to embrace, and I am so thankful for that time we all got with him.  And I’m even more thankful that we will share eternity, unfathomable as it is, with him because of Christ.

Here is how I will remember Evan… Smiling with our family while he danced at my wedding.  Rest in peace and dance with Jesus, sweet cousin.

good-bye Evan

Faith, Hope & Love,

Johanna

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