Stand in the Gap

Between the Gap - Words by Jennie Louwes
and heaven and earth;
and joy and sorrow,
and the pain of today and the pain of tomorrow.

Standing in the Gap - Words by Jennie Louwes
for those who are in need and are hurting,
for those who are healed but still bare their scars;
for those who mourn,
where the waves of grief keep pounding away
and they can barely. catch. their. breath.

The Gap Between - Words by Jennie Louwes
We know our kids are on loan to us,
entrusted to us by a Savior 
who wants nothing more than to save us all;
a Savior who died so we wouldn't have to,
(death ushers us into new life);
but, we never imagine we'll only raise them for a little while:
Like 16 Falls,
16 Winters,
and 16 Springs.
We believe we'll have more time than that;
until, we don't.

Stand in the Gap for Someone - Words by Jennie Louwes

We stand in the gap with prayer
by running towards the tears.
We stand in the gap by providing child-care and meals
and by donating our dollars and pennies;
because no gift is too small
so people don't fall
without. being. helped.
We stand in the gap so sorrow is shared and cut in half.

With Hands Raised High - Words by Jennie Louwes
and we look to the heavens
up at the sky.
We don't demand answers but we do demand this
that our loved ones still feel our hugs and our kisses
but don't ever miss us;
has made them complete,
where there is no want or need,
but memories all the same 
provide love, joy, and peace that remains.

One day we'll all stand together again
The Final "Amen" - Words by Jennie Louwes
all will be made right
and all will be new;
until then,
we stand in the gap.

Today we stand in the gap
for Amy Deurloo Bates.

A Son with His Mother - A.J. and Amy

If you have yet to do so please reach out to Amy, and her family,
via the You Caring page
that was set-up to aid in AJ's care and recovery
and subsequently,
his funeral;
the ability to honor him and the life he lived during his 16 years.

A Mother with Her Son - Amy Deurloo Bates

Every dollar given alleviates a burden,
provides a boost of hope,
lifts Amy and her family up;
it's you, standing in the gap for them,
a bridge over troubled waters.

"The purpose of life is not to be happy,
It is to be useful, to be honorable,
to be compassionate,
to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived it well."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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