My words fall short.
I can only hope to convey that the connections we make with people transcend the explainable and enter into the unexplainable, the holy. If you have ever wondered at the simple faith of a child, at a humble truth he may have spoken, or a truly loving act she may have offered, you'll recognize the spirit behind this prayer.
I am going to fumble recreating the orchestration of the day's events. The day called for a great deal of concentration, and so tonight I only have left overs.
Joey's quarterback from Cushing stopped by the house tonight just to visit. Will is the father of one beautiful little doe-eyed, precocious girl and the expectant father of "Taylor Grace". He listened. He asked what helps and I answered - ---- listening.
Before he left, he traced God's hand in his life, what he feels led him to where he is today. Our connection to his family made the list and my heart burst.
There are days and times when I know just what to say and then there are moments when I can't make my mind find the word or my mouth make its sound. This evening, during Will's visit, words failed me. He is naming is second child after our girl and all I could say is - "I am so moved." I mean - there's not even an action verb in that sentence. And it falls so incredibly short of what I really feel. I tried later in the conversation to describe the connection, to describe a future behavior where a glimpse of the red-headed sprite that played with Will's baby sister would walk across his heart, to offer what it meant to have my only daughter remembered in this way, to have her story told the dozen of times he has taken to tell it - but I felt like a third grader writing her first narrative essay.
My post tonight also fails to recreate what I see, what I hear, what I feel so that the reader can see, hear and feel it, too. Nevertheless, I want you to see that God's hand in our lives connected this quarterback from the fall of 2000 and the sweet boy of friends who taught with us in 2013 - more of the unexplainable, more of the holy.
"For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." Psalm 100:5
"He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:2-4
Here's the last image I would share with you:
Thank you, Deacon,
Thank you, Will.
Your mamas raised strong, faithful men who reflect light....