sojourner, hearer, & follower of Jesus

In Memoriam

Anniversaries are important. They are markers of important events in ones life. In celebrating them we acknowledge that the event left a permanent marker in our lives.

This is the anniversary of Garrett’s death. I can’t believe that a year has passed by. . . so much has changed since that day. I am sure that none of our lives have been the same for this one event has marked us forever.

The Christian faith is one of resurrection! We believe that Christ conquered sin and death and because of that we too can conquer it. We believe that those that have gone before us are part of the great communion of saints, those that are already living the fruits of resurrection. We believe that when we gather around the table that communion gathers with us once more as we celebrate the mighty acts of Jesus Christ.

Garrett you have been with me all this time and will be with me always. Every time I celebrate Holy Communion I am reminded that you are there celebrating with us (maybe now paying a little more attention 😉 Every time I kneel down to give bread and wine to any child, I am reminded of those big eyes and little hands ready to receive. I was honored to be your pastor.

On this anniversary I thank you for reminding me of God’s call in my life. I thank you for being God’s messenger in the midst of the most difficult time in the lives of so many.

We miss you!

Peace, Juan+


I Believe!



1 Comment

  1. Larabee

    Thank you, Juan! Our church family bought altar flowers in Garrett’s memory yesterday. Linda Bash came up to me after church yesterday and commented on my faith. I’m still not sure what to say to these comments. I know people mean well and that it is supposed to be a compliment, but, as I have said in my own blog, sometimes I just want to say, “Well, DUH!” It is that promise of life everlasting that gives me the strength to carry on. I cling to Jesus’s sacrifice with all of my being. And I want to live my faith to the fullest in an effort to thank God for this gift.We recently ordered Garrett’s marker and I chose the passage in Matthew where Jesus calls the child to stand among the disciples to teach them humility and how they must humble themselves to enter the kingdom of heaven. In particular, I chose verse 2 to actually insribe on the stone:“He called a child , whom he put among them…”I chose this verse because I DO think God used Garrett’s life and death to touch so many.I also find hope in helping others find hope. (Juan, I hope you don’t mind me using your blog for my platform and newest passion.) Garrett was an organ donor and, so, we suffered the loss of our child, there are 4 sets of parents who will not have to suffer the same loss. I am looking forward to meeting Garrett’s heart recipient, Conner, soon.God has blessed us with a loving extended “family” to get us through this difficult time. We are truly blessed!

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