I can't help but be sad when I think about how much you'll be missed around here. It's been a while since I've seen you, but I will never forget the many Sundays where you cheerfully stood greeting me as I came in, even though it was nearly impossible to stand. The youth group nights where you sang, prayed, and even played games blessed us all. You taught both adults and students alike how to be joyful and content in spite of difficult circumstances, and reminded us that in the big picture, our lives were relatively easy. You listened with care and, although you didn't speak much, were wise and worth listening to you when you did. And I've never laughed so hard as the time we passed the pigs all together and you pretty much kicked our booties at it. You know, Brad, we roll pigs. When I think about how much you'll be missed by everyone who was blessed to meet you, I can't stop the tears from welling up in my eyes a little.
Yet I also can't help but smile when I imagine you running, jumping, leaping, dancing, exhaling, and inhaling as you never have before. I know Heaven is full of people being blessed by your enthusiasm as you finally feel what your body was made to do, feeling for the first time the freedom that comes with being 18. The joy I feel for you is endless.
You fought and lived well, friend. And while we miss you, we are thrilled for the Life you now live.