DEAR ECBC FAMILY OF FAITH;
There is no vocabulary adequate to convey Charla’s and my gratitude for the way you have blessed us, comforted us, and led us to the throne of God in worship during these very difficult days. You have been, for us, tangible Christ. You have been, for the watching world, a display of the reality of God’s presence in and through His people – a people that He has called to Himself, redeemed, and called to love in a way that displays God’s glory.
Your outpouring of generosity through providing meals, notes of comfort, and your physical presence just to hug and hold has been nothing short of amazing.
Your prayers lifted up for us have sustained us.
Your presence at Ford’s memorial on Wednesday confirmed what we already knew… Ford, and our whole family, are loved. Not because we are so loveable, but because God is so gracious to always give us what we do not deserve. We were overwhelmed. I dreaded that service. I plan memorial services for others… not for my son, but in the midst of being together in God’s presence, singing His praise – it was, for us, a glorious and healing event. Christ was present. His grace was amazing. His assurance was blessed.
Many have asked about the two memorial funds we designated in Ford’s memory. One is the Coastal Conservation Association of SC. This is a group that helps preserve the valuable resources and beauty of the low country that Ford loved and enjoyed. The other is the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a research team committed to finding a cure for paralysis. Charla’s brother, Mark, was paralyzed in an auto accident many years ago.
We have seen much good already germinating out of this dark soil – and will look forward to sharing with you in the days ahead some of what we have seen God do to make this tragedy a triumph.
Today (Friday, August 9) would have been our Ford’s 21st birthday. As we deal with the reality of his life cut way too short (in our eyes), but God’s perfect timing (in His eyes) we grieve…. but not as those who have no hope – for we surely have the only hope that can sustain.
Our hearts are heavy…. but they will lighten.
Our eyes are wet… but they will dry.
Our hearts are torn… but they will mend.
Ps 34:18 says: “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
We have felt His nearness.
Please keep us all in your prayers.
Thank you for holding us close and lifting us high.
Deeply grateful to you all,
Dean and Charla, for the whole Henderson family.