Thursday, May 10, 2007

what a week...

i just posted earlier today about the death of james. i also was present at a funeral yesterday for a student who committed suicide on may 2. he was a sophomore at alhmabra high school. a friend of mine mary glenn, who is a police chaplain for alhambra asked a few youth pastors and people who work with kids in the community to be present for the funeral to talk and pray with any students who needed to process. the funeral was a packed house... held down the street from the high school at 330 pm gave the students a chance to be present to grieve and mourn the death of a friend. it was an honor to be able to be present.

i also have been getting continual updates from pasadena on a student who was shot. i have been reminded this week that death is real, no matter the age or the person. all 3 people that i am connected in one way or another were killed or severely injured in different ways. as i write this i am emotionally drained, but also see the value of a community of faith. the presence of mary glenn and others in alhambra standing by the family and my friends in pasadena standing by the family as there son lay wounded. it is very evident when evil and darkness enter in... it can be pushed back by the forces of light when we choose to be jesus for people. it allows hope to creep into all of the despair.


Joser said...

Hey John,
Praying for you that you will be able to fill your cup so that you can give them the waters that lead to everlasting life. Love you bro. Hope you and the boys are good.


T-Dub said...

Death is a tough subject in the world. Most people can't comprehend it and don't know how to deal with it. I am so thankful that death is not the end. For those of us who have Christ we know that death is just the beginning of our eternity spent with our true father.

I can't comprehend how people can see this world and think that this is it. Did all of this just appear magically? I pray that God will use us to be the truth to those that are too blind or ignorant to see it for themselves. Thanks for the reminder that life is short and we have to make the most of every moment. When I'm in heaven, I would hate knowing that others could have been there with me if I had only been willing to show them Jesus.

Chris Brooks said...

Johnny Lou,

That's real. It is so awesome to be apart of an army of Christ followers on the front lines. Death has been ever-present in Chi-Town as well. It is crazy. Keep that chin up bro. You got a Global posse that has your back.

-C Brooks.