It's been almost two months since Chris' brother, Jason, passed away. We find ourselves thinking of him often and reminding ourselves to savor each moment, knowing life is sweet and fleeting on this earth. I know we've said it before, but these last 10 months have taught us much about ourselves, our friends and family, and about our faithful God. We are so thankful for those of you reading this who have upheld us in prayer, hugged us when we desperately needed a hug, watched our kids, laughed with us when we needed to be reminded that life really is GOOD, spoke truth to us over and over, and over, who gifted us generously financially, who sat by us in church and cried with us - you have been Christ to us, and we are beyond grateful.
We miss Jason. We grieve for the things he wont be present for. And yet, we find ourselves singing the song that has become our family's anthem, "Christ is Risen" by Matt Maher,
Christ is risen from the dead We are one with Him again Come awake, come awake! Come and rise up from the grave!
Oh death! Where is your sting? Oh hell! Where is your victory? Oh Church! Come stand in the light! The glory of God has defeated the night! Jason was blessed to be loved and welcomed into the Redder family over the last year of his life. Thank you Kim, Jan and Mike, Kyle, and Curt for loving Jason and walking through his journey with him. We said over and over to each other we were so thankful he had you to love him! Thank you also for giving to us, and to Rehoboth so generously! We took time today to get some pictures of the memorial bench - we just love it, and love going to the pond and enjoying the beauty of God's creation. When we got out there several kids were sitting on the bench, soaking up the sun and chatting, and it was a beautiful moment to see others blessed and enjoying the bench too.
You can see behind the bench Rehoboth's Outdoor Classroom
Overlooking the pond, above, the hogback in the distance, below.
To our Marlink family, thank you again, for loving us, for making sure my husband knows he's part of us. Below is a picture of the tree you gave us in memory of Jason. It's planted by the front of our house. It's a flowering crab apple, because in Chris' words "Yea, if I had to pick a fruit to describe Jason, it'd be a crab apple." We look forward to watching this tree grow and bloom every spring and to being reminded of how God is growing and hopefully bringing us to fruitfulness too.