I came across this poem that I had written in an old writing journal dated 4/1/2000:
The debris of the past is gently washed away,
My heart has been healed and opens more each day,
April is bringing intimate gifts to me,
Love is what I truly crave and can now foresee.
Graham, the eldest son of the Steven’s family who lives down the street from my sister in Chicago, went to be with the Lord just before Easter. He was only 19 years old and loved God with all of his heart. The constant outpouring of love and support for Graham and his family from the community and on FaceBook (Prayers for Graham) was monumental. A celebration of his life was held on Easter Sunday.
The Holy Spirit keeps guiding me to Romans 8:28 – We are assured and know that all things work together and are for good to and for those who love God and are called according to His design and purpose. That is the scripture that I always turn to as a reminder that God always has a perfect purpose in all that He does.
One of the many testimonies resulting from this incredible young man’s life occurred this afternoon. My niece, one of Graham’s friends, was incredibly stirred by the words of love expressed by the hundreds of people who attended his memorial service last night. As a result, she is now searching for a Christian church to attend so she can learn more about the Bible, and enjoy praise and worship time each Sunday. We agreed in prayer that God would lead her to the right place.
Our conversation confirmed what I know to be true – that our Father brings the good out of any situation, no matter how tragic it may seem to be. I am so thankful for my relationship with Him and for opening my niece’s heart to know Him better.