Monday, December 21, 2020

Rough week but there is Light . . .

This has been a difficult week. On Friday the 11th, my sister's grandson, Kyle was in a snowboarding accident. The news came as "pray for a miracle" so for days, that is what we were doing. My earliest memory was him standing and bouncing on my knees at church ... for an hour! He was always happy and fell in love with Jesus, a very special young man.

Here is a copy of the message that came on the 16th:

To all our family, friends, and those who loved Kyle,

Kyle went to be with Lord today, December 15, 2020. He went peacefully and without any pain, surrounded by his family. He was prayed for, worshipped with, and heard many scriptures. We sang his favourite songs and held his hand as he walked into Jesus’ arms. We rejoice that Kyle is truly home, and that he will not experience the pain of this world. Kyle is now praising his Saviour for all eternity, and we can imagine him now with his hands raised in worship. We are hurting and we are raw, but we do not mourn as the world mourns, because we have hope, like 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 says:

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.”

 We know that we have a promise to see him again, and we look forward to that day.

Kyle’s life was full of joy, as he was always looking to get people to laugh, and also to meet their needs in life. Very recently, Kyle had been discussing eternity with his mentor, and we know that Kyle believed what Revelation 21:4 says: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

 Thank you all for being a part of this journey with us. We know you will support us as we grieve his loss. We appreciate every one of your prayers, calls, and texts. Please continue to pray. God promises us a peace that transcends all understanding, and while we do not understand all of this, there are so many things to be thankful for still.

Kyle, until we all meet again. We love you! __________________________________ 

Kyle was 22, and even though he has passed from death to life (John 5:24) the grief has been shattering. I've had many tears. His parents, (my sister's middle boy and his wife and who were her caregivers), are remarkable in their faith yet this is a devastating loss. Kyle's organs went to several people. He would be overjoyed that his leaving would mean extra life for others.

We are in a city with huge lock-down - no Christmas gatherings allowed - all in attempts to flatten the curve, but Covid is rampant anyway. Some major protests over mask wearing. We ordered those made in Israel with zinc in the fabric and able to block the virus. Remarkable. The air smells fresh when we put them on. I cannot imagine why people are refusing to distance/wear masks. Our grandson/wife/three-year old came down with it last week even obeying all the rules, but didn't tell us until two days ago. They are recovering. 

My quilting is almost not interesting, yet pressing on with something creative is helpful. I'm working on two small items and will try to post once a week. 

See the source imageMay all the craziness of 2020 not mess with the joy of celebrating that Jesus came to earth to be the Savior and Light of the World!


Quiltdivajulie said...

Sending condolences and all manner of wishes for comfort and healing. I'm so sorry . . .

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

It is so hard to lose one so young. We always envision the younger generation going on long after we are gone. My condolences to you and your sister's family.

Elaine Adair said...

I am so very sorry for this terrible loss. So heartbreaking.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

This is heartbreaking news, Elsie! I am so sorry for your loss of this dear young man.

I am intrigued by your zinc fabric masks and that you smell fresh air when you wear them. I am so glad your grandson and his family are recovering.

Yes, for all the craziness, the two of us intend to keep the Merry in our Christmas as we celebrate Emmanuel, God With Us.

Wishing you his peace and comfort this Christmas.

Elaine Adair said...

I am thinking of you, again, noticing you've not been able to post anything for a short time. Yes, so difficult to go forward after such a sad loss. BE at peace, stay well. I know you are having better and more frequent conversations with your Maker. Just wanted you to know you are not alone, even when no one is near you.