Friday and Saturday many of us were able to join together, as Sean’s memorial service pamphlet said, “Rejoicing with Sean, Grieving for Ourselves.” While hundreds and hundreds of people gathered from all over the country at the funeral home, I found myself initially taking this sight especially hard. I thought – why would someone this loved and cared for be taken off this earth? I don’t understand.

After Friday’s visitation service, we were able to have a project gathering in honor of Sean. We shared memories and promises, and closed praising the Lord in celebration of Sean’s life. Listening to person after person go to the mic and say how much this one man had influenced their walk with God was astounding. We were all reminded that night of 2 Timothy 4:6-8

“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”

On Friday, August 24, Sean stood before the Lord, complete. Sean lived his life with an eternal perspective, and now he is able to experience that first hand.

Saturday was more of a celebration. As more family shared and we sang songs worshiping, it was more apparent than ever that Sean’s life was not wasted. He fulfilled God’s plan for him in a short 20 years.

This paper was handed out for all the guests. It is a journal entry that completely reflects Sean’s heart for the Lord and his trust in God’s promises.

While Sean will be missed, he is home. I was blessed to be able to rejoice together with many other that were also impacted by Sean’s short life.

[originally posted 9.2.2012]

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