Today is a hard day, as it marks eighteen months since Luke passed away. The deep sadness and loss persists. We are so grateful as we receive graduation open house invitations and photos from Luke's friends, and so heartbroken knowing that we will not experience the joy of watching Luke's life unfold. Luke dreamed of attending college as a music education major. He wanted to become a Young Life leader. He imagined himself getting married, having a family, and being a music teacher at an elementary school. As we miss Luke so very much every single day, a big part of what we miss are the things we'll never get to see. This season is full of reminders of that loss.
Whether or not you were able to attend Luke's Memorial Service on September 13, 2017, many of you have asked if there was a way you could view it online. We're honored to be able to share this memory with you. Click here to watch. Thanks to Alex Ruff and to everyone involved who helped us remember Luke in such a meaningful way on that day.
Through our tears we continue to be blessed by your prayers, your presence, and your words of understanding and encouragement. Recently I have been comforted by Hebrews 11:16, which says, "But they now aspire to a better land-a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them." I am grateful that, by faith, Luke has already arrived at the better, heavenly land, and that one day we get to join him. In the meantime, man do we miss him so much.
James & Lu
(for Sam, Jay, & Luke)