Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Gift, We Hope, Will Keep On Giving

I walk into the auditorium. 
They are setting up for Honors Night. 
I feel the weight of grief. 
I stagger against the emotion. 
This is so hard. 
Each event tormenting in some way.
I hand them the envelope.
An envelope filled with a portion of a communities' generosity. 
It's been a year since we watched our red headed boy walk across the stage and
 receive the Music Department Award. 
He wasn't going to college. 
So there were no scholarships. 
He was going to serve His country. 
Now he resides with the King of Kings. 
In a moment your life changes.
You think you've got it all. 
It's all planned out; in the blink of an eye or a knock on the door your whole world tips.
A different direction.
We attend the Honors Night for the class of 2014.
We stand in the back.
I remember sitting in the auditorium thinking how can you give a scholarship for a child you lost?
How difficult it must be. 
Now, a year later, we wait as the recipient of the first
 Elijah Todd Davis Memorial Fund Scholarship is called.
Our son added to the list of Memorials.
Elijah's coach presents the award.
His words poignant and concise.
And in a moment it is over.
A moment that feels good and right.
A gift given.
The hope of a future.
A hope that this Fund will continue to grow and benefit many through the years.
We pray that the recipient of the scholarship will grow to know the Lord.
That he will seek to make this world a better place.
Because that is what we are called to do.
Make disciples.
Love one another.
Be a servant.
Above all Love.
Because you are loved.
Beyond all that you could ever ask or imagine.

Colossians 3:14
And over all these virtues put on love, 
which binds them all together in perfect unity.

 *for information on the Elijah Todd Memorial Fun please contact the Merchant's Band Jericho, VT (802) 899-3713

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