A year ago today you left us. It was the worst day of my life.
It was the best day of yours.
No more cancer.
No more strokes.
No more sickness.
No more limitations.
In a moment, you conquered it all, forever.
And no matter how broken I was to lose you, my heart couldn't help but soar for you as well.
Joel, you are thought of, loved, and missed, every moment of every day.
This year we have chosen trust in the midst of our pain.
We have chosen laughter in the midst of our tears.
We have chosen hope in the midst of our loss.
Instead of defeat we have chosen to rise.
Each day we will continue forward, until we see you again.
Today we honor your life.
Today we choose joy.
So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without His unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18