To our beloved Trinity family,
Words are not enough to express our thanks for everything you’ve done for our family over the past few days—your prayers, cards, words of encouragement and hope. We love you and we can’t thank you enough.
This is by far the deepest pit Melissa and I have ever been in, and we are only now, by the grace of God beginning to climb. God is with us even through our darkest hours. Our Thomas was and is the light of our lives; he was and is the great gift God gave to us that we prayed for for so many years. I can’t begin to fathom or bring myself to write how deeply we will miss him. I know we will all miss him; he filled our parish with so much laughter and happiness.
As I think about the hope and the task of Christ’s Church; why we’re here on Washington Ave in this beautiful building with a cross on top—to be, though Christ, people called to victory, always to victory. I feel led to promise you that, with the help of God and after a time of deep mourning and healing, I will take care of you again.
God is good. Christ is risen, and our Thomas will rise again. He is faithful, and in time He will lead us though our season of grief, and we will keep fighting this good fight of faith in Christ Jesus.
So many of you have asked what you can do to help; you have all already done so much more, I know, than we are even aware of, and we thank you, again, so much for everything. We are so blessed to be a part of such a loving, understanding parish.
What Melissa and I want—and I say this in complete honesty as a child of God, not because it’s what I think I’m supposed to say, but from the bottom of our hearts, what we want for you is that you stay faithful.
The hope of Christ is real. His promises are real. His love for us in Christ—even in the shadow of unspeakable loss—it’s all real.
We all mourn; we’ll mourn for a long time. But my beloved saints, we mourn as those who have hope. May the mercy of our risen Savior, Jesus Christ, keep us always.
Your loving Shepherd.