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.
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,
and 16 Springs.
We believe we'll have more time than that;
until, we don't.
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.
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
all will be made right
and all will be new;
we stand in the gap.
Today we stand in the gap
for Amy Deurloo Bates.
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.
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)