Monday, March 15, 2010

4 years ago...

Four years ago this week, I was on a mission trip working at the young life camp in the dominican republic. And four years ago today I wrote in my journal these lyrics from a song based off the verse Isaiah 43, not knowing what an impact it would have on me.

When you pass through the waters I will be with you, and the waves they will not overcome you.
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name, You are mine.

Little did I know that while I was writing that verse, God was telling me and preparing my heart for some of the hardest news I'd ever recieve.
When the week was over, and I was on my way home, I called my mom to tell her that our flight had been delayed, and I got the news. There in the atlanta airport I was told that Griff, a guy that was like a big brother to me, had passed away in the atlantic ocean, ultimately dying of hypothermia.

Four years ago today the world lost a beautiful soul, Griff Lyerly. He had a smile that lit up room, a laugh that was incredibly infectious, and a love of life that was so pure. Four years ago tonight, Griff and some of his friends decided to go fishing off the coast of Ocean Isle, NC and although being raised around the water and being taught how to be safe in rough was not enough to save the lives of those boys that night. Griff and three others passed away that night, and went to be with their heavenly Father. I know that he is watching over us, I know that his heart aches for us and all of those that lost him, and I know that time brings healing.

Griff you are a beautiful soul, someone who fills a multitude of memories of my childhood, and someone I truly looked to as a big brother I never had. The world is not the same without you, our hearts are changed for ever and we are all blessed by knowing you. Rest in peace, rest in His keeping. And know you are so very special and loved and missed. I am comforted knowing that that night while you were in the waters- you were not alone, God was with you, holding you in His hand, Loving you, and there was nothing to fear.

I thought about you with love today, but that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday and days before that too.
I think of you in silence, I often speak your name.
All I have are memories, your picture in a frame.
Your memory is my keepsake, with which I'll never part.
God has you in His keeping, I have you in my heart.

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