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My Son, My Dear Son, Has Gone To Be With the Lord – Tim Challies

In all the years Ive been writing I have never had to type words more difficult, more devastating than these: Yesterday the Lord called my son to himselfmy dear son, my sweet son, my kind son, my godly son, my only son.

Nick was playing a game with his sister and fiance and many other students when he suddenly collapsed, never regaining consciousness. Students, paramedics, and doctors battled valiantly, but could not save him. Hes with the Lord he loved, the Lord he longed to serve. We have no answers to the what or why questions.

Yesterday Aileen and I cried and cried until we could cry no more, until there were no tears left to cry. Then, later in the evening, we looked each other in the eye and said, We can do this. We dont want to do this, but we can do thisthis sorrow, this grief, this devastationbecause we know we dont have to do it in our own strength. We can do it like Christians, like a son and daughter of the Father who knows what it is to lose a Son.

We travelled through the night to get to Louisville so we could be together as a family. And we ask that you remember us in your prayers as we mourn our loss together. We know there will be gruelling days and sleepless nights ahead. But for now, even though our minds are bewildered and our hearts are broken, our hope is fixed and our faith is holding. Our son is home.

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