To our dear friends,
The past month has been one of the most difficult we’ve ever experienced. Our beloved first born and only son, Jeff, took his life on April 11th — the apparent result of a deep ongoing struggle with depression. Ever since we received word of his death from his sweet wife, Rachel, the days and weeks have been somewhat of a blur. But in spite of all the emotional pain, the grief, and the unanswered questions, our God neither slumbers nor sleeps. Jeff’s passing did not go unnoticed by our Heavenly Father and we are confident that Jeff is now with Him — free of all anxiety and hurt. We do not understand all the “whys” of life, but we do know Who allows all things and in His hands we commit ourselves for all the remaining days left to us.
We are so thankful to the many who have ministered to us through your cards — so many notes, phone calls, and gifts that have truly meant the world to us. Your words and sentiments have been a great comfort and an encouragement. We can’t thank you enough for being there in our time of need.
God’s Word continues to encourage and sustain us:
Psalm 27:13, 14: I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!
Psalm 55:22: Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
Isaiah 41:10: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
We thank each of you who have prayed for us during this difficult time of our lives. They are making a tremendous difference. Please don’t stop now. May God bless you richly.
Dick and Kathy