Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Swim With The Dolphins........


He Would Swim With The Dolphins .......

Saturday was a busy day for me.....My DH was busy with the new computer table and chair.........Chris my son was here helping with the Chickasaw Jackets...... It takes using a heat press machine and I can no longer use that machine......... thus I needed help............ We worked through the morning and then into the early afternoon when Chris shared with me that he needed to leave around 2:00 or so.......... He was headed to the Elks Lodge, no not to party, to help set up a benefit auction and sit down dinner for one of the local fire fighters here in town.........The young man is Bryan Manuel........... Now Bryan is the cousin of Trevor Manuel and Trevor Manuel is Chris's very best friend..... they have been buddies for 25 years...... so needless to say this was very personal to Chris....... You see Bryan is 45 and has two young son's, a wife and long standing in his church for years........... His Mom says that he was the perfect son and never drank or smoked or got into any trouble..... Married young and has provided for his family........... Bryan has been given 30 days to the end of his life.
...... I could see that Chris was visibly shaken and I expressed my sorrow at that news......... Six weeks earlier Bryan was just a bit tired and not feeling too good.......... after couple of weeks of not getting any better..... the tests............ There it was..... cancer in his spinal fluid and spreading into his bones......... Nothing to be done.......... go home........ spend what time he could with his wife, kids, Mom and Dad........
....... Now Chris is my son and you mothers out there know how the heart of a mother beats for her children......... I raised my two boys in church and taught them of the Lord and the love that the Father God has for them.......... but......... I take EVERY occasion to reinforce that truth with Chris.......... We stood and talked and I asked Chris a few things about Bryan and did not use the usual clich├ęs ........ What I did ask was......... "Chris....... what would you do if you went to the Dr and he sent you home with only 30 days to live, would you need to spend time with the Lord to make sure that you heart was right before the Lord.? " No Mom was his response " I would not need to do that, I know where I will spend eternity......... I would take you and Dennis and we would go to Hawaii and swim with the dolphins." I gave him a hug and told him how very much I loved him and sent him on his way to help with the auction preparations........... I tell you this story for two reasons........ First we raise our children the best we can and we pray for them but they are never too old for us to reinforce their faith in the Living God....... They are never too old for us to question them as to their heart and are they keeping their eyes upon the Lord ........ They are never too old...............Chris is 38......... and second, pray for that precious Bryan and his family as they face his last few weeks of his life in this a most devastating storm.........

The only comfort that had for Chris was my favorite scripture in the entire word of God for times like these.........

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified.

I have no other answer............

In Christ
Denise


10 comments:

Chris said...

Ah Denise. You are right to be so proud of your son. What a treasure!
I'm saying a prayer for Bryan and his family. You really never know, do you?

Sharon Brumfield said...

My heart hurts!
So many questions.
I will pray.

MelanieJoy said...

wow, I couldn't imagine what they must be going through. I have just shook my head in disbelief at the heartaches that are going on around me. Our strenght be in Him.

Mississippi Songbird said...

My prayers are with you all..

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Denise,
I am up trying to catch up with everyone again. I am feeling better this morning and did a new post. I am so sorry to hear about Chris' friend, Brian. Such sad and heartbreaking news. But, we know that GOD has his reason for it all. I will be praying for Brian and his Family. I am so glad that your Son, Chris still has God in his heart and knows where he will spend eternity. All we can do is teach them and plant the Seeds unto them. Also pray for them that they will continue to follow GOD. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours. I do hope your back is feeling some better today as well.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Edge of Design said...

I have no words, I can only pray!

Denise said...

Your son is a precious gift, bless his heart. I will be praying, such heartache.

Mary said...

Denise,

Your Chris is a mother's dream. Give him my blessings. I will be praying for him, his friend and the young man who has only 30 days to live. What challenges we face in this life.

Take care, my friend. I know you have a lot on your plate right now and I'm praying for you as well. Michelle's incision still has a small red spot, but it's not getting worse. For that we are thankful.

Blessings,
Mary

Joyce said...

Hello Denise, What a powerful post. I know as a Mother it is so hard some days and I am so sorry about your son's friend. I will put Bryan and his family on my pray list for pray. I will put your son on the list too.

Love and Hugs,
Joyce

Dee said...

Good reminder. What a sad story. D