If you haven’t heard, we lost our youngest son last Thursday when he was killed in a motorcycle accident. Eric was 19. He was full of life. He was known for his amazing smile and the relentless way he included people. Our last conversation with Eric centered on his excitement about next week’s meeting of his small group for 7th grade boys. It makes me smile thinking about his enthusiasm.
And then he left with a new friend to have dinner. And then he was gone.
These last few days we’ve been surrounded by our community; our friends. They’ve shown up at our door. They’ve called relentlessly and sent text messages and posted on Facebook. We’ve heard from friends across the country and around the world. We’ve heard from Eric’s friends and their parents about how much he meant to them and how much they loved him.
Our hearts are truly broken. We miss our son deeply. We mourn his loss. And at the same time we know for sure we will see him again. And he will still be smiling.
In the meantime, we are surrounded on all sides by our friends; by our community. And as we are surrounded, we grieve just a little for unconnected people who suffer a loss and don’t have what we have.
- In community we can know and be known.
- In community we can love and be loved.
- In community we can forgive and be forgiven.
- In community we can challenge and be challenged.
- In community we can celebrate and be celebrated.
- In community our joy is doubled and sorrow is halved.
As we mourn, we are surrounded. We can’t imagine the loneliness of people who don’t have what we have. And we recommit to the mission of connecting unconnected people. See also, 10 Articles on Building Community and What’s Your Urgency Level for Connecting Unconnected People?