I've been following the blog of Sherri Burgess, the wife of Rick Burgess and mother of little Bronner Burgess who drowned in their family swimming pool a couple of years ago. It almost sounds flippant and irreverent to say a couple of years ago... truth is, I can't remember what year it was, though I am sure they will never forget the exact day, date, time, weather and any and every possible detail surrounding the loss of their precious little baby boy.
I remember being moved by the event. Mainly because we have a pool in the back yard and Madalyn was around the same age as their son. I remember listening to Rick's talk at the memorial service. I remember wondering how they could still be upright and walking around and talking and doing the day to day things of the world after their loss. I did then and still do admire their tenacity for and faith in the Lord. I not only admire it, I covet it. I know we are commanded to not covet, but I truly do covet their closeness to the Lord. Just being honest.
I wanted to share with you Sherri's post for today, little Bronner's birthday. He would have been five years old. I can't help but look at my Madalyn and realize that they lost these precious years with their child - the pre-school performances, him learning to write his name, his excitement about going to big school, and learning to ride a bike without training wheels. And yet they are solid in their footing. Solid in their purpose. Solid and set on leading people to the Lord even through their son's loss.
I am humbled by them.