Heading back to kids camp brings to mind a flood of memories from last year. This time last year, my brother and sister-in-law, Ben and Jeannie Stewart, had a rough week. On June 12, 2013, their 85-day-old son, Toby, went to be with Jesus. I remember driving back-and-forth from camp last year just praying for a miracle. Of course, Trey was in his own fight at the same time, along with my mother-in-law who was battling cancer as well. I remember getting the call that Toby had taken a turn for the worst and was close to stepping into eternity. I didn’t have long to get to Dallas, but I sped there as quickly as I could, and walked into the PICU in just enough time to be there with Ben and Jeannie, and my wife, as Toby breathed his last earthly breath, but took his first eternal breath in the presence of Jesus. It was a heart wrenching time, but the Lord was with us all, carrying us every step of the way.
Toby went to be with Jesus on June 12, and in August, his grandmother and my mother-in-law, Cynthia, went to be with Jesus, and not long after that, Toby’s cousin and my precious son, Super Trey, went to be with Jesus as well. Needless to say, the summer of 2013 was a difficult season of life for our family. Our hearts were shattered in many ways, but slowly the Lord is putting the pieces back together. None of us will ever be the same…we have all been changed forever…and every day, we are asking God to hold us, to carry us, and to keep making us more like His Son, Jesus Christ.
Please life up my brother and sister-in-law this week, as they approach the one year anniversary of their son stepping into eternity with Jesus Christ