Unexpected Reminders

At The Compassionate Friends meeting last Thursday night, someone expressed how special it was for someone to say something about our children that have passed away. A reminder that they are not forgotten is important. We understand that that’s a bit hard for anyone at Forsythe to do, because they didn’t know John Robert. That was an interesting discussion at the meeting, however. I had not really thought of it. We’re still in our first year without John though, so we gain a lot from listening to those who have been on this journey for a long time.

The next day the mailman brought to us an unexpected reminder. A reminder that someone somewhere was thinking about John Robert. It was a beautiful card from someone who worked with John at Burnham Drugstore in Moss Point.

I had the privilege of working with Little John for 2 years. I wanted you both to know that there is not a day that goes by that he is not missed or thought of. He was a wonderful young man and I thought the world of him. I am writing you to let you know that you are always in my prayers.

What a simple expression … but very powerful. We appreciated this so much. I would guess we received hundreds of cards as the news of John Robert’s death spread. We have every one, and they mean so much to us. But it is rare, now, to receive something like this.

Now I’m not writing about this to try to get all of you to send me a card. I am writing this to ask … are there people in your circle of friends and acquaintances who have suffered a loss sometime back? Why not take a moment to write a note of remembrance … send them an unexpected¬† reminder. We so often get too wrapped up in a thousand tasks, when an expression of love could change someone else’s life. Who knows how extensively God can work through a paragraph written on a card? I think He works pretty powerfully through such a medium.

A few of you have noticed, but I have a memorial page on this blog for John Robert.  I invite you to read about our son. The link is at the top of this page.

Thanks for reading,


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