The day after I wrote my last post, my cousin Nick passed through the veil that separates earth from heaven. Our loss is his gain, and he wants us to see it that way. It's not always easy, but we are doing the best we can to fulfill his desire.
Words escape me, but I wanted to let you know that I am a part of a beautiful family. Some would say we're a dysfunctional family, but I completely disagree. We are clay pots holding treasure. We've seen hard times, and some of us have experienced some pretty major fractures along the way.
However, as we've walked together and talked together, as we've cried together and by ourselves, as we've laughed together and then laughed some more, Someone has been mending us.
It seems to me that somehow we are even more beautiful than we could have ever thought possible. If that is dysfunctional, I will take it any day over functional.
Please continue to hold Alyssa, Austyn, Jeff, Linda, Virgil, Jacki, Michelle, and Benjamin close to your hearts in prayer. Send them thoughts of love and peace, for the closure that came today will likely open a whole new storehouse of sorrow. As reality settles in more deeply, pray it settles in like a blanket of peace with a heavy dose of perspective and the silver linings of joy.
If you have not seen the following video of my cousin Nick sharing his heart, I invite you to do so now. A very great man has walked among us, and we will forever be grateful for the moments we had with him.
In Peace & Joy,