We’ve known Chris and Carla for about 6 years.
I was so honored to be by Carla’s side for the delivery of two of her sons Charley and Meyer. I watched Chris cut the cords when his two boys were born. I saw him hold Carla’s hand and apply cold compresses to her head as she labored to bring their children into the world. And shortly before their second birth, they adopted sweet Israel from Ethiopia. This busy momma keeps up with three boys under 5 years old! Their lives have been characterized by such trust in the Lord and obedience to what He has called them to.
Yesterday, Chris at a young 32 years of age, collapsed while playing ultimate frisbee with friends and died. In an instant, he passed from this broken world, into eternity with Christ. What a celebration of his homecoming I know is happening in heaven right now. His was a life well-lived. But how I ache for sweet Carla as she breaks the news to her boys this morning. Its so surreal. The pain is fresh and their lives are forever altered. Holding them close in prayer from a million miles away and asking you, our sweet friends who have carried us in prayer through some dark night, to lift them to the Father as well. May His arms comfort and console when ours are helpless to do anything.