"you can live without answers...

but you can't live without God."

that was the message given by price's granddad at his memorial service. col. leak thornal speaks at beach church frequently and something about his booming colonel's voice just makes you sit up and LISTEN. i need a booming colonel voice.

a photo of price that i took a few years ago for his business flyers. he ran a lawn service named "price cuts."

a photo of price that i took a few years ago for his business flyers. he ran a lawn service named "price cuts."

so just to update those of you who don't really know tallahassee news... friday morning i woke to numerous texts from friends about price thornal. (a 19 year old ole miss student who grew up in tallahassee. we are friends with his family. and have been for as long as i have been alive. i have blogged about their sweet family many times.) they were all asking if i had heard the news of his car accident. i had not. until then.

price and his momma at his sister's wedding. 5 years ago. 

price and his momma at his sister's wedding. 5 years ago. 

so it has been a long week. a sad week. a good week. the gospel message was spoken over me and by me so many times in this week. that always makes it a good week.

social media was actually a real help to me through this week. being able to grieve publicly in small ways and connect with others was so comforting...

this was my status update on facebook on friday...

thought of this quote today on this dark but ultimately Good Friday. praying that we all remember the Good News that everything sad is going to come untrue because some days on this fallen earth are just really sad...

“Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue? What's happened to the world?" 

"A great Shadow has departed," said Gandalf, and then he laughed and the sound was like music, or like water in a parched land; and as he listened the thought came to Sam that he had not heard laughter, the pure sound of merriment, for days upon days without count.” 

{j.r.r. tolkien, the return of the king} 

i am so ready for the great shadow to depart and for the King to return.

and then i read this amazing article by one of my favorite writers, philip yancey, on saturday... national tragedy and the empty tomb. beautiful words... i used them in my status update on facebook...

"Tragedy rightly calls faith into question, but it also affirms faith. It is good news that we are not the random byproducts of a meaningless universe, but rather creations of a loving God who wants to live with us forever. That "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son" in order to reconcile with his rebellious creation. That by entering our world, the Son took on our sufferings and temptations, demonstrating in person that nothing—not even death—can separate us from the love of God."

"Holy Week offers the template. On Good Friday Jesus absorbed the worst of what Earth has to offer, a convergence of evil and death in an event of profound injustice. Easter Sunday gave a sure and certain sign of contradiction, demonstrating that nothing can withstand the healing force of a loving God. We live out our days, though, on Holy Saturday, aware of the redemptive power of suffering while awaiting the restoration power of creation made new."

"John Donne, a prolific poet and Anglican priest who buried hundreds during the worst years of bubonic plague, and indeed thought himself fatally infected, wrote this defiant declaration:

Death be not proud, though some have called thee

Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so …

One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,

And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.

This Easter, the death of death itself is a message that Newtown, and the world, needs to hear once more."

philip yancey from national tragedy and the empty tomb in Christianity today.

price and his niece. photo taken last spring.

price and his niece. photo taken last spring.

and read this tweet by i don't even remember who...

1 kings 8:12 "The Lord has said that He would dwell in thick darkness." He is with you in your darkest moments...

and then via a facebook message a girl from ole miss contacted me about funeral arrangements and did i know since i seemed like an adult. ha.

so i told her what i knew about the funeral and then asked if she wanted to stay with us in our home. she and her roommate accepted the offer and they stayed here. what a gift from God. she was the one who had that video footage of price singing wagon wheel (on the end of the slideshow). had she not been at my house i could not have added that video to the slideshow and it was perfect at the end.

also since we had a beach house at "price's beach" we were able to let her and her roommate go down to the beach after the funeral and walk on the beach at sunset. they were so excited to see the beach that price loved so much.

i kept telling the girls that it was just another way that God was showing us all how much He loved us and cared for us that He had orchestrated it so that they were staying with us. why do we ever doubt that He has the BEST in mind for us? why do we ever not trust His plans are for our good?

we can live without answers. but we cannot live without God...

our sweet new ole miss friend walking on "price's beach" at sunset. saying goodbye until we meet again...

our sweet new ole miss friend walking on "price's beach" at sunset. saying goodbye until we meet again...