Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Carson.

Our kids go to a pretty small school.  We've got roughly 300 kids and, because it's a Kindergarten through 12th grade campus, everyone knows each other and most days, it feels as much like a small community as it does a school.

About three years ago, one of the first grade teacher's boys, Carson, was diagnosed with cancer.  He was thirteen or fourteen at the time and, to our kids, bigger than life.

This morning, in the words of his precious and valliant mom, "He finished his battle with cancer and has gone home to rest."

All the kids have prayed for him for years but Graham has had an especially tender heart towards this child.  We haven't eaten a meal or said bedtime prayers without hearing his name come out of our youngest son.  He never personally met Carson but he noticed everything about him from the way he joked and laughed with his big ol' friends on the varsity football team, to how he spoke about Jesus and sports all mixed together when given the opportunity to address the students.  Every bit of the life that he saw sent a message to Graham.  Of all our kids, he will have the hardest time understanding his death.

Although I didn't know Carson well, I'm so thankful for his life; for the example he was in the midst of suffering, for teaching Graham and so many others his favorite verse and what it looks like to live it out.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever your go...
Joshua 1:9

9 comments:

kristen said...

Praying for all who are feeling the loss of Carson today, for the peace of Christ to be with them as they grieve.

Joyce said...

Thinking of those who are grieving this loss...we are often unaware of the lives we are touching. Your story is a wonderful testament to his parents and the power of Christ. I pray they find peace in their time of sorrow.

Jess said...

Thinking of his family...praying they feel His peace at this time. What a precious son you have. He will see Carson in heaven one day, and sometimes that is the only comfort we have.

Holli said...

praying for Graham and Carsons family....

pendy said...

I'm so sorry...and praying for you as you are there for your son...and for Carson's family (and the school family) as well.

TanyaLea said...

My heart goes out to Carson's family and those who are grieving his loss. What a courageous and amazing young man to have left such an impression on so many. I will be praying for all of you.

I found your blog through our mutual friend, Kim in Hong Kong. I look forward to following along and getting to 'know' you more in the near future.

Blessings and Hugs,
~ Tanya

little miss can't be wrong said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story! I am a longtime "lurker" -- a reader, but have never had a blog of my own. I just wanted to invite you over to read my story: http://howimetyourfatherblog.blogspot.com/

Traci said...

So sorry- we are following 7 Caring Bridge pages right now- 7! One is for a 3 year-old, and one is for a dad of two young ones. All of them are terribly sad, and all are in different steps of their journey. It seems like too much doesn't it? So glad that Carson is home resting- it's always sad when a child leaves parents behind.

Becca said...

oh man I remember them wearing the shirts and y'all telling us about Carson . . . we will be praying for his family and friends and also for Graham's sweet little heart!