Yesterday Vickie and I went to a memorial service; it was in memory of a son a friend of ours lost - he died two weeks ago. During the service Patrick's mother, Sarah, came to the front to address those gathered; among them were Patrick's brother, his sister, his father, and friends from childhood to the present day.
Sarah began by saying, "I want you all to be comforted." She proceeded to talk of the love and grace of our Lord Jesus and of Christ being with Patrick through his many struggles. Her words no doubt prepared the way for Dulany Washington, a long-time pastoral friend, to bring a message of hope and challenge in Jesus Christ.
It was amazing to hear our friend Sarah, in the midst of her own pain and shock, concerned that those gathered before her would be comforted and would come to know Jesus Christ.