Monday, September 26, 2005

Just before 3 this morning, my precious BJ went home to be with all of our Precious Jesus. "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

My God is a God of compassion..."it is finished."

BJ's dad

679 Comments:

At 3:34 AM, Anonymous Steve and Barbara said...

Revelation 21:4
"He will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. All of that has gone forever"

Matthew 5:8
"God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God"

We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are grieved for you. May the comfort only God can give come to you and your family at this time.

With all our love and prayers,
Steve and Barbara Fazzini
Youngstown, Ohio

 
At 3:37 AM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

My heart breaks for you my precious brother and sisters, yet my heart rejoices for Beej. He is now home where his heart has been and he is now totally embraced by the Father. Truly He has said "Well done my faithful, beloved servant!"
My love and continued prayers are with you.
Lynn

 
At 3:38 AM, Blogger Christina said...

The Lord is smiling. My heart is breaking! Please keep in touch. BJ has so touched my life. Thank you for allowing me to be with you through this journey.

In His love and Service,

Christina
LCTaylor@aol.com

 
At 3:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He fought the good fight.

God, we thank you for the life of BJ, and for his witness to us. Thank you for the love and faith of his family. Thank you that we can say, like David, that though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death that you are with us.

Now I pray that the God of comfort will put His loving arms around you all - family and friends of BJ - now, and over the days to come. May He give you all peace and rest and soothe.

Andrea
Sydney, Australia

 
At 3:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey heart goes out to the family and friends. He is in a much better place now in the company of the father that he loved so much.........

He is standing before Jesus...face to face....no more pain....he is home.

BJ was an amazing young man of God, I pray that others learned from him to have a Servants heart. I didnt know him, but he has a place in my heart.

A brother in Chist @HLG

 
At 3:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent and Deanna,

All of us who were praying and watching with you are now grieving with you as well. There are just no words for the depth of this hurt.

May our Lord hold you close to His heart and continue to sustain you...and through our tears, may He be praised.

Angie

 
At 3:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To your arms our Father.

John & Jeannie

 
At 3:44 AM, Anonymous heather schaper said...

I love you BJ! I'm really gonna miss you...but I'm not going to let this make me angry at God. I'm just going to use his to make me fight harder to get the Lord's work done...cause it's what you'd want me to do. I'm not going to lie...it hurts. But I will spend eternity in heaven with you! I really envy you right now...you're with Jesus and I know that he told you "well done good and faithful servant." Well done Beej, well done. In all things God is glorified.

Heather

 
At 3:58 AM, Blogger Walker Moore said...

Enter in to your enternal reward my partner in the ministry. May thousands line up to take your place on the mission field, may your testimony in Jesus Christ spread across the world and may the peace that passes all understanding be upon your family.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Walker Moore
President/Founder
Awe Star Ministry

 
At 4:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my heart breaks for you.

God was ready for him to come home to him. He used bj in such a wonderful and amazing way. you should be so proud of your son. his wish was to reach people and spread the word of God..... just look how many lives he has touched through this blog.....WOW not that is wonderful.

My love and continued prayers are with all of you. I pray that God will put His loving arms around you all -

with all my love and prayers
mooresville

 
At 4:06 AM, Blogger Debbie Linder said...

Amen. BJ has been healed! He's in a new body!

Thank you Father.

Give this family the rest that they need right now. Give them comfort beyond measure.

Our hearts are breaking with you for your grief but we are so rejoicing in KNOWING that sweet BJ is safely home.

He has seen Jesus........

Love you, love you, love you!
Debbie & Tom

 
At 4:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to bed thinking of BJ...almost to tears last night thinking of him...woke up over two hours early...thinking of BJ...went ahead and got up, knowing I wouldn't get back to sleep...and immediately logged on...to BJ...my heart is heavy, but my faith is full...thanks be to God for this wonderful journey with you and your family...someday we will meet...either here or in heaven...I love you all
Greenfield, Indiana

 
At 4:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ones,
Words cannot express how my heart aches for you all. But likewise words cannot say how blessed I am to have had the priveledge of personally knowing BJ and the way God used him and your family to touch my life. Your entire family has displayed what it means to follow Christ no matter what the suffering, no matter what the cost. The tears I am weeping are for your sorrow, but are also tears of joy for BJ as he is with Our Savior. Although I can't be there in person, know that my heart and spirit is. I know Sam will give each of you a hug for and from me.

I want to leave you with a poem by Ruth Bell Graham from Anne Graham Lotz book "WHY"

I lay my "whys?"
before Your cross
in worship kneeling,
my mind beyond all hope,
my heart beyond all feeling;
and worshipping,
realize that I
In knowing You,
don't need a "why?"

I love YOU ALL very much.

KPO

LCJ

 
At 4:36 AM, Anonymous Kelsey Barnett said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney,
I am so sorry that BJ is no longer with you. We will all miss him very, very much. God used his life in such an awesome way, and I praise Him for giving us the little time we had with BJ. It makes be so happy to think that Beej is all better now. He is so happy!!!

I love you guys,
Kelsey Barnett

 
At 4:38 AM, Anonymous Toodie Schaper said...

Heather called to tell us BJ was gone. Our hearts are grieving with yours.We are so sorry for your loss. May the Father wrap you all in His loving embrace and comfort you as only He can at this time. You will remain in our prayers.

With our love and prayers,
Toodie and Frank Schaper
St. Charles, MO

 
At 4:49 AM, Blogger Cousin Beth said...

Our hearts are breaking with all of yours! I'm not sure I can write. May our Jesus help as only He can. Yesterday morning I was listening to "Because He Lives" on the radio and was reminded of what that song has meant to our family. BJ is "Finally Home" with his Grandpa and others. He has ministered to more people in a month than most people would over many years. I believe that even though he's gone to Heaven, many people will continue to be reached through hearing about BJ, his love for Jesus, and his words in his journals. Know that the many people praying here in High Point and Winston-Salem, NC will continue to pray for God's peace and comfort. So many have been touched and convicted by a young boy's willingness to do whatever it takes, even suffer, to bring God glory. We love you so much and wish we were there right now.

All our love and prayers,
Beth and family

 
At 4:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How my heart aches for all of you. It's been a long, hard battle and yet not long enough... I wish I could take the pain for you. You've been through so much since August.

As with yesterday morning, I woke very early this morning thinking of BJ. He has touched my life so much, as he has touched so many lives. Thank you Bart and Walker for getting the word out to us, the membership of the MercyMe fora, so that we may have known BJ. He has humbled me and strengthened my faith every day by reading his journal entries and his family's testimonies.

May Jesus comfort and strengthen you all during the difficult days ahead.

Linda
Cleveland, OH

 
At 4:52 AM, Anonymous Gregg said...

We are so sorry. We love you so much. May God wrap His arms around you all.

Gregg, Nina and Devin

 
At 4:53 AM, Anonymous brett Floyd said...

I just got the call, I think Jesus just skipped the "good and faithful servent," and just went strait into 'I love you BJ." As we all did. How proud I was of him when we played together in the praise band and how much fun I had with him as a student. BJ will have ever touched my life and thousands and thousands of others. BJ man, I love you and be at rest for you are truly home.

Fly to Jesus, Fly to Jesus and Live...

bf in sc

 
At 4:54 AM, Anonymous Rev. Gail and family, Knightstown, IN said...

Precious Ones,

May you know that you are HELD by our Lord.

We love you.

 
At 5:00 AM, Anonymous laura Floyd said...

My heart aches for you during this difficult time. BJ was a much loved brother, who is no longer suffering. May God hold your family close in His arms.
Laura Floyd

 
At 5:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm Free. I'm following the path God laid for me, I took his hand when I heard him call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found that pease at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, ah yes, these things i too, will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow. I wish you the sunshine of tommorrow. My life's been full, I savored much. Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch. Perhaps my time seemed all to brief, don't lengthen now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, HE SET ME FREE!

This is a poem that was read a few weeks ago at a funeral I attended of a 19 year old co-worker that passed away and I thougth I would share it with ya'll now. Please know that your family is being covered in prayer in this dark time in your life. BJ, I have never met you but you have impacted my life in a big way, thanks for serving the Jesus I love with such compassion while you were here, I will now try to come close to serving him the way you did! Higgins family, I am on my face right now pleading for God to comfort ya'll. Please feel his touch!

 
At 5:07 AM, Anonymous cousin becky said...

Dear Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney,

How I wish my arms could reach across the miles and embrace you all, and yet as I write those words I know that our dear BJ is now eternally "safe in the arms of Jesus," held tenderly in nail-scarred arms as he hears those words, "Well done, good and faithful servant." I've been praying and crying with you through the night. Now I am praying that each of you will sense the strong and loving arms of our Lord carrying YOU and will know that "this is what it means to be held." May He give you peace in the midst of the tears.

With all my love,
Becky

 
At 5:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We cannot possibly express how sad we are for your family. May God give you peace and comfort in a supernatural way.
Mark and Sheryl

 
At 5:09 AM, Anonymous Cathlene Strong said...

Grieving with you from Santa Cruz Bolivia. My own heart is greiving right now. My own heart has been challenged over the past few weeks as I've read BJ's journal entries. What an incredible young man!

May God be glorified, and may you as a family be assured that we are still praying in Bolivia. May His ever so strong arms continue to uphold you as a family in these difficult hours and days.

Hugs and prayers.

Cathlene and David Strong

 
At 5:10 AM, Blogger tochina4emma said...

My heart goes out to you this morning and your family continues to be in my prayers!

Stacy in KC

 
At 5:13 AM, Blogger Jacktopher Meils said...

Though I am in tears right now, there is nothing more comforting then hearing that.

 
At 5:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our friends;
Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney
Our hearts and prayers are with you.
The Abston family

 
At 5:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As tears roll down my face, I read what has been written. and YES God has said to BJ "Well done though good and faithful servant" BJ was an inspiration to me, but now more than ever! His legacy will live on!
Continued Prayers are lifted up for you guys. Keep in touch...
I love you,
Rachel Trask

 
At 5:26 AM, Blogger Lynn Andrews said...

Precious Family,

My heart breaks for you. I pray that you will feel the comfort that only the Lord can give at this time and that He will continue to carry you through. I hope that it helps to know that you have touched so many lives by sharing BJ with this Body of Christ.

Surely, the angels are crowded around BJ welcoming him home and, no doubt, Jesus was right there. "Well done, my good and faithful servant".

"I can only imagine . . ."

The world was blessed by your precious boy.

May God hold you tenderly in his arms.

Love in Him,
Lynn Andrews
Macon, GA

 
At 5:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Homesick by MercyMe

You're in a better place, I've heard a thousand times
And at least a thousand times I've rejoiced for you
But the reason why I'm broken, the reason why I cry
Is how long must I wait to be with you

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

Help me Lord cause I don't understand your ways
The reason why I wonder if I'll ever know
But, even if you showed me, the hurt would be the same
Cause I'm still here so far away from home

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

In Christ, there are no goodbye
And in Christ, there is no end
So I'll hold onto Jesus with all that I have
To see you again
To see you again

And I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won't you give me strength to make it through somehow

I've never been more homesick than now

 
At 5:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart and prayers are with you
Lisa Gresh/Meils
Indpls., IN

 
At 5:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ can now rest with the Eternal Father. The Lord God will remain with you and comfort you. Have peace knowing that this is just a short time of separation, and your family will be reunited one day. I grieve for BJ, a complete stranger who touched my life.
With LOVE! Lynn in Fredericksburg, Virginia

 
At 5:36 AM, Anonymous robyn george, tulsa, ok said...

Dear family,
My heart grieves for you in the flesh, yet in the spirit I rejoice for another one is home with the Savior, yet not before furthering the Kingdom!

I am so grieved and can't even begin to understand your sorrow. I will continue to pray for you all.

 
At 5:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brenth, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney,
So many hearts and lives will never be the same because of your faithfulness and BJ's witness throughout his life and this journey. Mine is one.

I rejoice in this day, Lord, that you have made, yet I hurt Lord for my friends. Thank you for understanding it all, Lord, and for continuing to meet every need.
In the compassionate name of Jesus,
Amen

Continuing to pray for you,
Carla S.

 
At 5:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our heart breaks with yours even tho' we know BJ is in a better place - we now ask for peace and comfort for the four of you - may God hold you in the palm of His hand - Under His Wing, Jerry and DeAnn, Carmel 5:30 AM

 
At 5:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In April when my sister-in-law went home to be with Jesus, leaving behind my my brother and their young son, we were comforted by the fact she no longer suffered the trials of this earth. There were so many conflicting emotions, but our Heavenly Father has seen us through.

One thing my pastor said during the many phone calls while we were waiting for her to pass into the Lord's loving arms was won't it be awesome to someday be on the other side of the waiting. To be waiting on the "Welcoming Committee" in Heaven versus waiting to say goodbye here on earth.

I didn't know BJ, but his testimony and that of you, his precious family, will leave a lasting impact on my life. As a mother of two sons, one of whom is 15, I can only imagine the grief you are experiencing at this point. But I know from reading your words that you do not question our Father and you are finding your strength in Him.

I rejoice with you that BJ is with Jesus at this hour.

CR
Strong Maine

 
At 5:45 AM, Anonymous Sam and Traci Williams said...

We also mourn your loss. Reading about BJ and the daily blogs helped Traci and I realise we have a long way to go in our faith. We will forever be grateful for this gift you and BJ have given us.

In the love of Jesus,

Sam and Traci

 
At 5:49 AM, Anonymous Joshua & Tiffany McMillin said...

We love you

 
At 5:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers remain with your family.

Jill in KY

 
At 5:57 AM, Blogger *kim said...

BJ, i wish i could have known you. but i feel like i do through your journal writings that the higgins have shared, and through the stories lauren has told. thank you for the example you set in how to seek the Lord wholeheartedly, how to desire his everything, how to give yourself wholly unto Him. you are a great man, BJ, one i will tell many people about. and i hope that one day i may have even a mustard seed of the faith you exhibited. and though we ache that you are gone, i am thankful that you are happily with our Savior, the love of our lives.
Father, hold the higginses close to you in this time. lay your hand on them. may the strength and grace of Christ be heavy upon their lives, your presence real and rich to them.
you are greater than we'll ever know, Lord, but in these moments we glimpse more of your majesty.

 
At 5:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that BJ will be sorely missed but I also know that you will take comfort in knowing that BJ is with Jesus now. I didn't know BJ personally but learned about him on the World Wide Prayer Chain. I felt like I knew him after reading this blog. It is quite evident that BJ was a wonderful young man and touched so many lives. God Bless BJ and his family.

The Fischer family
Nineveh, IN

 
At 5:57 AM, Anonymous PVUE Friend said...

May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you. We are all feeling your loss and our prayers are with you. B.J. was an extraordinary young man and he touched many lives here in Zionsville and around the world.

 
At 6:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our loss is Heavens gain. Tank you, Higgins Family, for allowing me to follow Bj along the path. Thank you for sharing your concerns and joy, your words have had a life changing impact on so many lives. Prayerfully, with heartfelt thanks, and love from LV,NV.

 
At 6:08 AM, Blogger DeAnza said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you! BJ is no longer suffering but now he's dancing!


DeAnza
Hiram, Ga

 
At 6:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lifting your family for comfort.

 
At 6:16 AM, Blogger the leaf family said...

The Prayers will not cease here.
As my heart aches so desperatly for each of you. As I try to find comforting words for you. As I Think of your pain.
I pray for Comfort and Peace that only our Heavenly FATHER can give. I pray for each Person and Heart that BJ has touched. I think of how this terrible strom has brought so many in from the rain. How God has allowed 1 young man to change so many lives in a very short time.
How this should give us the Desire for mission work. This should give us the desire to "GO" and make noise for our LORD, just as BJ has. BJ has gone home to rest his weary body with our Father and he is now kneeling at the throne. This is the moment he has truly lived his whole life for.

We Love you each and pray for your hurting hearts. I pray that our FATHER in heaven will be glorified every step of this journey..
With all my love and Prayers from KC
Scott, Tracy, Michael and Sarah

 
At 6:21 AM, Blogger xxxx said...

Jesus wept. His body could not take anymore but his spirtit soars. So sorry for your family and the loss of such a special young man.

 
At 6:24 AM, Anonymous Steve & Charlene said...

Your family has been such a blessing to be faithful to our loving God throughout this trial.

You will certainly be in our prayers throughout the day and the days to come.

love,
Steve and Charlene Hendon

 
At 6:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

although i never got to meet bj in person i felt like i have known him in keeping up with this site. Thank you Brent (dad) and Lauren and Deanna (mom) for all your information. My heart aches for the family in our earthly desires of keeping your son here but praise god that he is at home now, he beat us all there. He has touched more lifes in the last 40 days then many people do in there lifetime. Your son is an awesome person and i can't wait until the day i get to meet bj, i will sit for hours and ask 1000 questions. I love you guys as my family in christ and i pray for a peaceful time for your family in the next couple of weeks. Thank you for keeping us up to date your son has been an inspiration to me. God love and bless your family.

Melissa
Westfield, IN

MELJAM000@aol.com

PS. do you still have shirts for sale, they will be a good way to spread bj's story to all those we can.

 
At 6:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our hearts are broken for you and your family. BJ fought until the very end and we are all different for having known him and your family through this difficult time. May each of us carry the message of BJ close to our hearts until we meet again.

With all our love and prayers,
Lori Burkert

 
At 6:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss and the pain you must feel. Though I did not know BJ, he made an impact on my life as obviously he did on many others. You must be so proud of him! Will keep you in my prayers for the days to come.

Jan
Belton, SC

 
At 6:34 AM, Blogger AJ said...

The power of God is alive when one boy that I did not know until yesterday moves me beyond words today.

Thank you for sharing this story and your son, God's child with us all. Jesus abundant peace and comfort over these next weeks.

Traverse City, MI

 
At 6:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart is so heavy for you, BJ's precious family. You as well as he have "fought the good fight" You have been so faithful to the Almighty through this trial and I know that He will wrap his mighty arms around you now to mourn your precious son.
You have been such an inspiration to me and will cause me to cherish my family even more today than yesterday. I only wish I had known BJ for he has touched my heart so deeply. Continuing to pray for your peace in this very tough time.

Kimberley Poncin
Purcellville, Va

 
At 6:35 AM, Blogger Grabb Family said...

That unshakable peace that we can find only in him is what I have read here.

Your pain here on earth is strong for the loss of your son. I am so sorry for that your loss but also rejoicing in the Lord for BJ. As he sits at his Father's feet and recieves that crown of righteousness. BJ fought the good fight. He finished the race, and kept the faith. He is being awarded that crown of righteousness, which our Lord the righteous judge.
We recently had a message on Sunday about longing for Heaven. How beautiful it will be when God creates the new Heaven and Earth. I picture BJ and many others who have gone before us taking out hand and rejoicing in us joining them. Showing us around and glorying in God's presence.
Our prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your son here on earth.
Terri Grabb

 
At 6:36 AM, Blogger critnshelby said...

I am so so sorry for your loss. My tears and my heart are with your family. I thank my God that BJ is free, but I know the pain that you are experiencing, and I am truly sorry.

God bless your precious family.

Shelby Muniz
Va Beach, VA

 
At 6:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm amazed at the trust and praise that has flowed through your family as you endured the ups and downs of your son's sickness. each post you've managed to pray for God's will instead of your own desires, continued to praise God for the small victories, even the small failures. I simply sit here on my bed at the early morning hours in awe of people whose faith really did endure the storm. i stand in awe of a God that is bigger than a beautiful, bright young man dieing before we would all think is his time. But I'm reminded that God is a dreamer, he is THE dreamer, and his dreams are as always bigger then ours. so try to rest and know that whatever your worries or shattered dreams, God is a far greater dreamer. We must trust that when our world seems a bit shattered, when our dreams seem dead, that God is dreaming. that is something to celebrate. (and yet it is also good to be true to your emotions, cry, scream, sing, let it out, and let the DREAMER embrace you)

 
At 6:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though this is a sad time for those who are left behind, this is a time of rejoicing for BJ. His faith has turned to sight. He made such an impact on the world around him...people he didn't even know. May God comfort you and your family as only He can.

 
At 6:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

whitney, keep singing your praises

 
At 6:39 AM, Anonymous On Our Knees... said...

We continue to be at your side in prayer.

Our hearts ache while they rejoice for BJ. He came into this world crying and many rejoiced. He has left this world rejoicing while many cry, but not without the Great comforter. Even better yet...great rejoicing in heaven occurs! Thank You Lord - May ALL the glory be Yours...

Lord, hold this dear family as they watch you continue to work through their dear son.

Praise You a thousand times over for BJ's life and the amazing things that his walk through the shadow of death has done that we have witnessed & the millions we didn't see You orchestrate. Praise You for what his walk was before he entered the hospital...and our hearts.

Lord, may the body now be a tool of great comfort that you use for dear Brent, Deanna, Whitney, and Lauren.

Lord, you know we really don't have the words and struggle to even say anything, but You know our hearts and will speak through us to them. Please, I ask.

May we not leave the daily, consistent place on our knees that You have brought us to over this 40+ days.

BJ has most certainly brought 1000's of people to the foot of the cross...some by the grace of God for salvation we pray. Lord, we thank you for his obedience.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" Hebrews 12:1

"Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God." I Peter 4:13

In His Love,
Mark, Tammy, Alex, Zachary, Hunter, Ashley, and Abigail McMahan
Hudson, OH

 
At 6:40 AM, Anonymous Kristin Dutt said...

BJ-I miss you. But i know that you're where we are all homesick to be. I love you so much. Thank you for everything that you taught me. Thank you for the way you lived your life. You changed my life, beej. I love you. I miss you. I'll see you soon...

Family--I'm sure that the grief you are feeling now is immeasurable. I am still standing in the gap for you. Still on my knees, begging our God of Comfort to wrap His arms around you. I pray that His peace would surround you. I love you all..you've never met me..but your son was incredible. Without meeting him the summer..i wouldn't be who i am today. Still, on my knees..Kristin in KC

 
At 6:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

please cry if you need to. our God is a passionate God who knows tears himself. "for when i am weak, then i am strong" 2 cor. 12:10

weakness is strength.
let the tears flow if need be.
shout at the top of your lungs if you feel like you are going to burst.
ask questions.
these are all simply worship and prayer towards a God whose strongest desire is that you simply let him love you.

 
At 6:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Precious Family,
Mom called this morning... our hearts are breaking for you and the loss that our family has experienced, but we know that he "fought the good fight" and is now in the arms of our Lord. His life was truely and offering to the Lord. We love you and will be in constant prayer for the peace of God to be with you in the difficult days to come.

Stephen, Kandi and Madison

 
At 6:44 AM, Anonymous reed's said...

Brent, Deanna & girls,

BJ is finally healed, in heaven. We are so sorry. Our prayers continue for your whole family to be comforted and have the strength for the upcoming days. BJ will continue on in the hearts of everyone who knew him or read about him. He truly was a servant of God. We love you all very much.

Love, Nancy

 
At 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whitney I'll second the motion about singing praises... Don't stop girl keep singing to your king

 
At 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus said to Martha, "'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?' She said to Him, 'Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.'" John 11.24-27

We grieve with you, yet not as those without hope. May our Lord, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53), be your comfort.

Christina
Sheridan, IN

 
At 6:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just told my 8 yr old daughter the news. She's been praying for him to get better, too. In her words, "It's a good thing too though." We will all continue to pray for you in this time of sorrow. Also we will rejoice that BJ is not suffering anymore and is "home" now. Be proud of the work BJ did for our Lord. He touched many lives. God bless you all! Terri Hetfield

 
At 6:47 AM, Blogger Marcia said...

Oh, family....

God woke me just around 3 this morning to pray for you. May He give you His peace.

I heard a quote from Ravi Zacharias just yesterday. "For the Christian, death is translation. At that moment, our life is translated into a language that perfectly declares the Glory of God."

This morning, BJ praises and glorifies God as completely as his heart has always longed to do.

"He gives and takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."

Marcia Woodard, Marion, IN

 
At 6:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can only imagine...

Dan, Stacy, Amber, & Britney

 
At 6:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless BJ for all the fine work he did and for all he gave to so many!
Bless your family because this will be a difficult adjustment for you, just remember that he is in a better place than we are and he will be looking down on you and he is with his Jesus! God bless and glorify him for he was truly a saint and changed many lives for Christ! God bless BJ and his family! His parents raised a fine young man!

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger toddyoumans said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren & Whitney,
Words cannot even begin to express our deep hurt for you guys. The pain you must all be going through right now has to be devastating. Our hearts break for all of you at BJ's passing from this life.

To say that he is better off where he is now, is as big an understatement as can be said. He is in the very presence of our Lord God Almighty. The angels are truly rejoicing at the homecoming of another saint who has done his work, and done it to the utmost. Let us all follow BJ's example and live our lives for Christ to the fullest.

Our prayers continue to be with your family at this painful time. May God bless you richly and hold you all close to Him during this time.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store 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 longed for His appearing."
--2 Timothy 4:7-8

All our love,
Todd, Jes & Andrew Y.

 
At 6:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our prayers are still with you. BJ touched so many lives by the way he lived his life. You obviously are such a wonderful family. May God give you comfort and peace at this time of mourning. BJ's witness will live on long after him because of his families faithfulness.

Melody

 
At 6:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Lord for giving us BJ for the time you did. We were truly blessed to know him and have him be a part of our lives. We know he is with you right now and asking you lots of questions that he had on his heart. Please give his family and friends as we grieve his passing. Thank you Lord! Amen.

Evelyn Gilliland

 
At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I sit here with tears streaming down my face, I just want you to know that my tears are for your family. I can not imagine how you must feel with the different emotions. We know that you love your son and we also know that our Lord loves your son and he is now with Jesus! What a comfort to know that you do not have to worry because he is healed and with Jesus forever. What a wonderful young man who has touched the hearts of so many people. I have never gone through a journey like this but I can only hope to be as strong as your family has been. When Jes called me this morning, we cried together and the next time we come to visit, I want to meet you again and give you a hug that I've longed to give you since this journey began. May you find rest in the Lord now and may He comfort you as only He can do. I know you have a wonderful church family that will love on all you guys and they have been patiently waiting to help you in any way they can.
Love and prayers,
Jean Peters in Santa Claus

 
At 6:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. May God comfort you and your family.
A TCS student
Sherman,TX

 
At 6:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony one of God's Servants

My hearts weeps with you as a Dad and parent and granddad. My ministry is with youth and adults with needs and in a crisis at times. I love you and BJ is saying to us as God's family, wish you were here with me in heaven and 1 day we will join him and I too will get to know him during our eternity together and if God's choses maybe our mansions will be side by side. God's has allowed me to be my closes family members when they died and enter eternity.

God Will Carry You Through This,

Your Brother & Friend,

Tony
Chesapeake, VA

PS His legacy will always live in your hearts.
Phil. 1:6

 
At 6:59 AM, Blogger Nancy Post said...

Dear Higgins family,
My heart breaks for the physical loss of BJ. Now he is actually finding out the answers to the song by MercyMe, "I Can Only Imagine." We can only imagine but BJ is doing all of those things at the feet of Jesus. I'm writing through tears and praying that you will find comfort in the support of all whose lives were so impacted by BJ's illness. His journal writings should be treasured and shared with many others so they may get to "know BJ" through them.

As many others have said although I didn't personally know BJ, I feel I know the Higgins family through this ordeal and the love they share for Jesus. I will proudly wear my "pink" shirt and share the story of BJ Higgins.

My son, David, loved your son very much and feels that he is his adopted son as he does with all of the youth that go with him on their trips with Awe Star. I pray this will be an encouragement to other young people to share Christ no matter where they are in life.

My words seem so inadequate at this time. May the peace of God through all the prayers being lifted up for you and your entire family be evident throughout the coming days, months, and years.

Awe Star Mom

 
At 7:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hadn't read an update since 9pm until this morning but overnight as I was praying for BJ, I had a vision of angels circling him. This morning when I remembered that as I was praying I saw it again. This was all before I knew that he went home. I can't wait to meet BJ in heaven!! Your family has blessed my life! God is good all the time, believe it always. I will continue to pray for you, all of you.
Love,
Your sister in Christ

 
At 7:03 AM, Anonymous laura Floyd said...

My heart aches for you all during this difficult time. Bj was a much loved brother in Christ and he is finally home and in no pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney. I love you all.
Laura

 
At 7:03 AM, Blogger Heidi said...

Dear Higgins Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful witness you all have been and continue to be. I pray that BJ's life will continue to make an impact on his unsaved friends. Thank you for sharing so much of your family. I will continue to pray for healing and peace for your family. What faithful servants you are.

In His Love,
Heidi Cowen
Tulsa, OK

 
At 7:05 AM, Anonymous The Stein Family said...

Dear Higgins Family,
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
Ps. 116:15
Our hearts are heavy for you in this time of immeasurable pain.
"Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righeous to be moved." Ps. 55:22
Our Prayers are with you!


The Stein Family

 
At 7:10 AM, Anonymous Cindy & Mike McCoun said...

Our hearts go out to you, what amazing warriors you are.

Philippians 4:4-6
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication , with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

I can see God's arms wrapped around BJ with His complete peace and love. BJ is His own.

Love & prayers,
Cindy & Mike McCoun

 
At 7:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Psalm 62:5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, O people, pour out your hearts to Him for God is our refuge.

May you all find rest and peace in our Heavenly Father during this difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Tammy
NC

 
At 7:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have been praying for BJ since the beginning, when Becky wrote us. We will continue to hold you up in prayer.

Prayerfully,
Members of

Lakeview Wesleyan Church
Marion, IN

 
At 7:15 AM, Blogger bwhitely said...

There are no words to say to you. I only know that our precious Lord Jesus is with you.

Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for the comforter that you are.

Please, please sustain our precious family left here.

continued love and prayers,
Bev

 
At 7:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brothers and sisters,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am broken hearted for you. You all comforted and encouraged my friends while their precious little one, Shelby, was there and for that I am very thankful. Please be comforted by Jesus' loving arms. BJ is truly home.

The Andersons
Fort Wayne, IN

 
At 7:18 AM, Anonymous shirley agnew said...

We thank the Lord for his love and mercy. While we are hurting, B J is rejoicing.

Our prayers are now for you.
Love you
the Agnews

 
At 7:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our imperfect world is a better place because of you BJ. Such courage, maturity and depth of faith will not be forgotten.

God, I pray you shine your light on this family through this difficult time.

Goodnight, BJ. Thank you for your time with us.

Lee Stevenson
Toronto, Canada

 
At 7:21 AM, Anonymous Tina ..Cedarburg said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney,

I am so sorry for the loss you are feeling now. Even though knowing BJ is with our Father in Heaven brings us peace, He made us and knows the suffering you feel right now. May you feel the loving comfort and peace that only He can provide. Still praying for you all.

 
At 7:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren & Whitney.

We love you. We have tears of joy as we know Beej is in the arms of our King. We pray to our mighty God that he fill the void in our hearts with His comfort.

We trust in the Lord with all of our hearts.

Jim, Vicki, Michael & Scott

 
At 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Higgins, Whitney and Lauren,
I will be praying for you today. I have a letter I will be sending you to tell you how amazing your son was in Peru and how he impacted my life. I love you all. In Christ, Brooke Rice

 
At 7:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many nights, God has woken me up over and over again to pray for BJ. Last night he did not, and I was disappointed when I woke up this morning and realized I had slept the night through for the first time in many days. I knew so much peace as I immediately began what has become my "routine" of praying for BJ. As Scripture says, we do not grieve as those who have no hope. . .

I, too, am sitting at the keyboard with tears streaming down my face, yet I know that the pain and sadness I feel as one who never met BJ personally cannot begin to compare with yours. We as a family and as a "blog family" will continue interceding on your behalf and asking that God give us some of your pain. You have had so much already and borne it so willingly. We WILL wear our pink T-shirts and tell BJ's story, and we will also continue to pray for Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney. We will pray for whatever service God leads you to hold in BJ's honor and memory--we know it will be one that, like BJ's brief life on earth, glorifies him to the utmost! We will pray for the hundreds/thousands of young people who need to see, like BJ and Jim Elliott, the need to give what they cannot keep to gain what they cannot lose.

Thank you for sharing your son with us. Thank you for sharing him with the nations. My reading this morning was in the first few chapters of Revelation, and I got so excited seeing how one day people from every tribe and tongue will join in worship. Just think--BJ's already there, healthy and whole! Only imagine! We love you and thank you again for all that you have shared with so many, including

Piepers, praying and crying but rejoicing in pink
Charleston, South Carolina
aka Tom, Marti, Kristen (in California), Katherine, Andrew, Karissa, and Melanie

 
At 7:28 AM, Blogger Peggy said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cast all your cares upon Him, for he careth for you.

Peggy LaPlante

 
At 7:29 AM, Blogger Cori said...

"I will sing of your mercy that leads me through valleys of sorrow to rivers of joy" My prayer is with your family.

 
At 7:30 AM, Anonymous Vicki J said...

I cannot even begin to offer words to comfort you, but our precious Father in Heaven can do that and much, much more. Lean on Him, and allow yourselves to be held tightly and lovingly by his arms. BJ has been delivered home from the pain and suffering he was willing to endure so that others would see the face of Jesus. Thank you Lord for his unselfish willingness to serve and commit to you completely. May the rest of us left in this world be willing to share and serve you in this way. I will continue to pray for all of you constantly. My heart is breaking for all of you, and rejoicing with BJ that he is in Jesus's arms. I love you all. Vicki J

 
At 7:32 AM, Blogger Peggy said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cast all your cares upon Him, for he careth for you.

Peggy LaPlante

 
At 7:33 AM, Anonymous Kelly Manning said...

Higgins...
I ache for you. I pray that our mighty Lord give you peace and comfort in this time. This morning I just pictured BJ worshipping at the feet of our King... with no pain... no sores... and no sorrow. He has impacted far more than we will all ever know. What a legacy he will leave at the age of 15. What an amazing man of God.

 
At 7:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Precious Higgins Family:

I too have been following the story of BJ. I cannot even begin to tell you how this experience has moved me. Words just seem so inadequate. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers continually. I pray for strength, peace and hope for you all. BJ and your family are loved by so many. May God Bless you today and forever.

 
At 7:39 AM, Anonymous Katie Hunter said...

I am grieved for you, Brent, Deanna, Whitney, Lauren, and family. But I rejoice in knowing that BJ is smiling, happier than ever, where he has always wanted to be. Through the loss, he has ministered to thousands across the world, and for that, God is to be praised! You'll meet him again someday, and you know this. Only God can carry you through.

 
At 7:40 AM, Blogger Mom and Dad Harden said...

My heart is broken for your family. Words aren't enough. May our Lord bless and keep you, lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Much Love, Harden Family, Lafayette IN

 
At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Mischel said...

I just read the news,Your beautiful son has gone home to be with Jesus.
I must admit I was happy for him, and I praise God that He has brought B.J. home. I must also admit, that as a parent myself my heart breaks for you! I was reading all of this mornings posts from all over the world, and I wept! You beautiful B.J. touched so many people, people that never met him. He brought us all together in prayer, and we are better people for it!
God is smiling and HE is very proud of B.J.'s good works! Well done my beloved brother in Christ! Well Done!
I pray that God will comfort your family. Please know that B.J. and his story will always be remembered, and it will be shared all over the world for generations!
May God Bless younow and always!
Love in Christ,
Mischel from Bethlehem, PA.
mishs19@yahoo.com

 
At 7:40 AM, Blogger Carrie Anne said...

Father God, we praise You in this storm. You have worked in such mighty ways! You have used BJ to draw Your children closer to You. As we mourn our loss, let us remember Your glory. Through BJ's life (and death) You have been glorified! He lived for You. He died for You. He was all about You, Lord. Thank You for easing his pain and ending his suffering. Thank You for giving us peace in this trial.

Brent, Deanna, Lauren, & Whitney,
May You know that we are praying for you and lifting you up to the Lord, still. Our hearts are breaking with yours. And yet, God is still good. I am so glad that You have Him to hold onto. For, there is no other comfort in this world. There is peace in knowing where BJ is now (and for eternity). Praise the Lord for His endless mercy!

To the medical staff,
Thank you for working so hard and using every resource at hand in order to help BJ. Thank you for letting God use you in mighty ways! Thank you for treating the Higgins family like your own. You have been a blessing!

In our Savior's love,
Carrie Gifford
Xenia, OH

 
At 7:44 AM, Anonymous the fillios said...

Deanna, Brent, Lauren and Whitney,

We love you so much. If we could take away your hurt, we would. The Lord will comfort you and soften the hurting. As our girls say, we are praying SO HARD for you.

It is a glory that so many have been touched and drawn closer to our Lord through the last 40+ days. BJ is really excited about that, and is now talking nonstop, face-to-face with Jesus about what might happen next. How awesome that must be.

Psalm 147:10-11
His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man;
the Lord delights in those who fear him,
who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Psalm 148:1-2
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens,
praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels,
Praise him, all his heavenly hosts.

We are loving you. We are continually lifting you up before the Father's throne.

 
At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

My heart is deeply hurting for your loss. God is a mighty comforter and I will pray that he lays his hands upon your family. Thank you for sharing Bj's story. It has truly blessed many.

In Him,
Katie Kyle
Piedmont, Oklahoma

Katie

 
At 7:45 AM, Anonymous martin [sydney au] said...

Dear and much loved Higgins family, and to everyone affected by the life (and death) of this marvelous soldier of Christ's army.

I have been moved by following BJ's progress, and today, when I arrived at your site, I was deeply saddened to read of his passing. May the peace of Christ overtake you and comfort you at this time.

Please be always encouraged that Jesus has done a mighty work in his people through BJ. Not just during his ministry days, but also as he lay in hospital, he has been a source of tremendous encouragement and motivation. BJ has helped me realise anew the need to be bold and courageous for my Lord. I pray I can be as brave as him.

Thank you so much for sharing him with us and for sharing yourselves also. Jesus be praised for he is worthy to receive all glory and honour and praise, now and forever more. He is our Rock, he is our Deliverer.

1Co 15:51-58
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
"O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Grace and peace be with each of you.

See you in heaven,
Martin
from Sydney Australia

 
At 7:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We send you our deepest, deepest sympathy.

 
At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was awakened just before 3 a.m. and I just had a feeling that something was taking place in Room 2001. I prayed that whatever was happening, that God would be near every person in that room. I continue to pray for Him to just wrap you up in His arms and hold you. Cheryl (Hilliard, Ohio)

 
At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Sam Beer said...

May God have all the glory. My prayer is that we do not lose heart, but that we continue to strive to worship God wholeheartedly. BJ had an intense passion for the nations, and I think that it would be a dishonor to him if our hearts were not for the nations as well even as he leaves us. Shoot...This is just not something that I know how to respond to, but I do have one verse. It seems hard to say anything, but Psalm 116:15 says "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." It seems such a cruel and heartless verse, admittedly, but it also paints a beautiful picture. Just as BJ pleased the Lord in his life, so also he continues to please Him now. May your family be blessed and may God continue to move mightily in the nations, particularly in Peru and North Africa.

Love from Oklahoma--
Sam Beer

 
At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHITNEY, LIKE THE OTHER POSTS SAID KEEP SINGING YOUR PRAISES AND WORSHIP.JESUS IS LISTENING AND SMILING!

 
At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have been praying for BJ and you his family. We will continue to do so. We're so sad about your loss. But God is faithful and Jesus will be by your side as your comforter.

Blessings,
Ron & Nadara Welling
Wilmore, KY

 
At 7:49 AM, Anonymous susie said...

Well BJ is celebrating a "new" birthday today! When I think of the hope that we have as believers and I think about the number of people who now have "that hope" because a young man named BJ Higgins was willing and eager to share the gospel, I am amazed. Even though we cry for our own loss we know that BJ has won the race. Please take comfort in knowing that when others pass from this earth in to God's eternal kingdom, many who enter will do so because BJ shared the good news with them.
I will continue to lift you in prayer for the days ahead of you and I thank you for sharing the most intimate details with all of us. Your entire family has been a blessing to me.

Your friend in Christ
Susie Gates
Evansville, IN

 
At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOD THANK YOU FOR THE LIFE BJ LIVED. AND EVEN THROUGH HIS SUFFERING AND THE LAST BATTLE HE FOUGHT, HE BOUGHT GLORY YOUR NAME. MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY BJ AND HIS FAMILY, AND WE THANK YOU FOR THEM AND THE WONDERFUL MINISTRY YOU PLACED IN THEM FOR THIS DESIGNATED TIME. I ASK THAT YOU SHOW YOURSELF ALL THE MORE TO THE FAMILY. WRAP YOUR LOVING ARMS OF PEACE AND COMFORT AROUND THEM. GOD PLEASE REVEAL YOURSELF TO THEM AS YOU HAVE DONE SO MANY TIMES. WE PRAISE GOD THAT BJ IS NO LONGER IN PAIN BUT IS YOUR WONDERFUL PAIN FREE CARE.
THANK YOU GOD FOR KEEPING YOUR PROMISE.

I AM SORRY FOR THE LOSS AND CAN NOT BEGIN TO IMAGINE THE PAIN YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. REST ASSURED THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL

LOVE
TIFFANY WILLIAMS
HOUSE OF GOD CHURCH INDPLS, IN

 
At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for your loss. I have been praying with you for the last couple of weeks. I have found it interesting at how God has tied my heart to BJ through prayer. You will be in my continued prayers.

Derrick Lemons
Wilmore, KY

 
At 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Know that you are still in our hearts and prayers. What a blessing it has been - now we just pray the Lord will wrap you in His arms and comfort you.
Lisa
Kansas City

 
At 7:52 AM, Anonymous marissa balog said...

During his life BJ impacted soo many people even throught his time in the hospital. I know that he made a difference in mine, and the youth group at northside. My family and I will continue to pray for Brent, Deanna, Whitney, and Lauren. God's will was done and BJ is with him looking down on us and hes having a good time!
With all my love,
Marissa Balog

 
At 7:55 AM, Anonymous Amanda said...

Dear Higgins Family,

It's so hard to believe all that has happened to you. But through it all, your faith stood firm. As I have been praying for BJ and your family since I first heard of the situation, I began to say to God, "Why would you allow this to happen to someone who is actively doing Your work?" I think at some point, whether you are a Christian or a non-Christian, it ran through your mind.

My mom posted a song called, "If You Want Me To" by Ginny Owens that is a song that I always refer to when things don't make any sense. Because as I was praying this morning after my mom told me that BJ went home to be with Jesus, it was as if God answered my question. We can't always understand why things happen and it's not really our job to understand. God has such a bigger plan than we could ever imagine. Through this experience, BJ has touched more lives than he EVER could have in any other situation. As we read through the thousands of blogs from people all over, it is a perfect reflection of BJ's life here on Earth. God placed Him here to touch people. And whether it be four policemen in Peru or thousands of already-Christians who have renewed their faith in God as a result of his courage and your family's unwavering faith, BJ has expanded God's kingdom, and really that is our ONLY purpose in living here. Earth is not our home. And BJ has been welcomed by loving arms to a place where we will all be able to see him again. And I know that I, although I have never met him before, will be one of the thousands in line in Heaven to give him a hug and thank him for taking us on his journey.

In Him,
Amanda Braisted
Indiana

 
At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney.
Our words cannot express the sorrow we feel for your family. We will continue to pray for all of you for comfort during this time.

The Rush Family

 
At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Sarah Netherton said...

Thank you Jesus that BJ is whole again and he is no longer in pain. Now he and Jayden can "run & play" together. I will continue to pray for you and your whole family and watch in amazement as I see God continue to work in this situation. You all have been a true inspiration to me and to so many others!

Love and prayers,
Baby Jayden's "Aunt" Sarah

 
At 7:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; The Lord lift up His countnacne upon you, and give you peace."

With affection in Christ,
Lisa Burlingame
Sherman, TX

 
At 7:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corinthians 5:7-8"For we walk by faith, not by sight: We are confident, i say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord".
You fought a good fight...faithful, beloved sevant.
Thank you Holy Father for creating wonderful BJ, he is home and at peace.

Thank you Lord for BJ's family, please comfort them and hold them in your arms.

Peace Love faith and continuing prayers,
donna
carmel.

 
At 7:58 AM, Anonymous Carol said...

I, too, was awakened several times during in the night and felt led to pray for BJ and your family each time. Though I never knew BJ and have never met you, you have ALL inspired me in my walk with Christ. And, with my mother's upcoming breast cancer surgery this Thursday, your unwaivering faith in God has helped prepare me for what may come in our own family. May God continue to carry you through the difficult days, weeks, months, years ahead. Stay strong and know that BJ will always be with you in your hearts.
Carol
Arlington, TX

 
At 7:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ's family,
We are deeply saddened for your loss of B.J. Thank you for sharing his precious journal; it made quite an impact on our lives as well as your tremendous faith and walk in the LORD. God has answered prayers and shown through miracles that he is Almighty God. He has worked through every person in the hospital who took care of B.J. These verses in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 apply to your wonderful son:
6"For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand."
7"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
8"Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing."

Our love to you,
Roger, Carol,
Brittany & Ryan
Allen

Pittsburg, CA

 
At 8:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise The Lord!!! for even in death there is only Life for this servent of Christ.

 
At 8:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren & Whitney,
Stephen called us a little after 3am to let us know that BJ is with our Father. Jack called Emily around 5 and as she laid next to me weeping oh how my heart ached even more for you all. We can take comfort in knowing that BJ is at peace and in heaven. Our family has been touched by yours, we are thankful for that. We will continue as always to lift you all in prayer. We love you!
THe West

 
At 8:02 AM, Blogger Scott Harris said...

I thank God for the time I was able to spend with BJ... he was and still is a blessing in so many ways. I'm consoled by the fact that our God is an awesome God.... everything is for His glory...

Brent, Deanna, Whitney, and Lauren; I am still praying for y'all...

 
At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No words can express what my heart feels for you and your family!
I will continue to pray as you go through the loss processes. I am so sorry!

Debbie Schmidt
Florence, KY

 
At 8:04 AM, Blogger Amanda Andrews said...

Higgins Family,
We love you so much and we are so very grateful for all that you have shared with us. God has changed our lives and so many many others because of you. We are crying for you today, but at the same time, we are smiling for BJ because he is where he has longed to be for so long. Jesus Christ, we praise you for today. Thank you.
Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney, we love you. Rest in knowing that literally EVERYONE is praying for you.
With never-ending love,
Mark and Amanda Andrews
First Baptist Church, Mooresville, Ind.

 
At 8:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feel the love of those you've touched and brought closer to Him...
Westfield, IN

 
At 8:05 AM, Blogger Barbara Ann said...

I am truely blessed to have gotten to know BJ and sit and talk of the things of God with him. I am going to miss those talks. I am so sorry, but at the same time I am rejoicing, for he is dancing with the angels right now.

Father help us to see the beauty of your glory right this very moment.

Still praying even now...
Barbara Ann

 
At 8:06 AM, Blogger Phil said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney,

There are NO words that express the depth of my heart ache for you all at this moment. We all know that BJ is healed now and in the very presence of the Lord. Can you imagine the wonder in his eyes right now as he takes it all in and saying...wow Mom and Dad this is more than I could ever have dreamed. Please, please feel the love and the depth of our emotions right now. I know we weren't blood relations or even what you would call close friends but some how I felt a bond with BJ and you through all this. I love you guys with ALL my being.....

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.... and

John 14
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
1"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God[a]; trust also in me. 2In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Dear kind BJ is with His Lord. I pray you draw comfort from these words. Please know how deep our loves goes for you during this time. Prayerfully, Phil, Paula and Allison

 
At 8:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family

We're deeply saddened to hear of your loss. BJ is rejoicing in heaven with his Saviour. We look forward to meeting him there some day!

May the Lord bless you and keep you always. He is our all in all.

Nigel, Bridget, Aaron, David & Joshua Stone
Myersville, Maryland

 
At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very sorry for your loss. I am grateful that you have allowed me to go on this journey with you. Your faith in very severe circumstances has been inspiring to me. You have allowed us to be a part of your lives and I thank you for that.Reading BJ's journal entries have been a great blessing. God has used this situation to touch countless people. We definitely do not labor in vain. God bless you in this painful time. I will continue to pray for you.

 
At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Leslie Harley said...

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with your family. BJ fought the good fight, and he has finished the race. Now, he wears the crown that has been waiting for him.

On Saturday night, Sam's night nurse, Steve and I prayed over Sam at bedtime, and Sam was still awake. As you may know, Sam will probably never talk, and he isn't very vocal at all due to having a trach. While we prayed, Sam was very quiet; however, as soon as we started praying for BJ, Sam started babbling very loudly and purposefully! Sammy wanted to make sure that the Lord heard his prayers for BJ loud and clear that night!

I know your hearts are broken, and my heart breaks for you. You have done the most unselfish thing a parent can do for their child. I hope you realize that throughout this entire journey YOU NEVER GAVE UP ON BJ; YOU GAVE BJ UP TO GOD.

Leslie Harley
Indianapolis

 
At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for all of you.

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

Since Brad called me at 10:14PM California time and then again at 1:00AM I have been praying for all of you. I wish I could snap my fingers and be there with you. I know our Heavenly Father will take care of each of you, just as there is rejoicing in Heaven at BJ's Homecoming. There is no more sickness for BJ.
I will be there when I can get it worked out.
Love and much praying,
Aunt Maralyn
Carlsbad,Ca

 
At 8:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The bible tells me so.

Sweet dreams BJ, sleep well.

Carole Hutto Guevara
West Monroe, Louisiana

 
At 8:09 AM, Anonymous Joel & Christal Mearig said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren & Whitney:
As with all the other comments so far, my heart breaks for all of you. Our memories of BJ are of him as a young child. I was looking through photos from Ryan's book last week and found a picture of Ryan & BJ at Ryan's 4th birthday party...making BJ six years old. Since we've been gone for 8 years, we remember the little boy who was bouncy and loved eatting pizza (espeically Friday nights). As a parent, it's hard to imagine what you're going through right now. Please know that so many people love all of you and are greiving with you. Joel and I were talking this morning and wondering why God would allow this to last so long. Of course we never want to question God and his ways but when you think of this site and so many people that were reached by it...there was a reason. I know this 40 year old learned a lot from a young man during these past 40+ days. We wish we were there in person to give you each a huge hug but know that we are with you in spirit and love you.
Joel & Christal Mearig
Huntington Beach, CA

 
At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless BJ! We will continue to pray for you and your family. BJ was a very special young man.

Just like another person said earlier, God is smiling as well as BJ as they sit together in Heaven. What a wonderful, peaceful feeling knowing your son is now sitting with God.

FBC Bullard Tx

 
At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jesus has done his will preston olmstead

 
At 8:10 AM, Anonymous david fladung said...

"When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. "Where have you laid him?" he asked.
"Come and see, Lord," they replied.

Jesus wept.

Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" "

Dear Higgins family,

I know that Jesus is weeping with all of us and rejoicing in Heaven with BJ. I have no idea why the Lord would choose to take BJ just as much as I have no idea why God took my best friend 6 months ago today and I probably will never know this side of Heaven. I do know the Lord is sovereign and loving. He cares so deeply that He is weeping with us and although we don't grieve like those with no hope, we will still grieve because the loss is so great. BJ was an awesome young man that was able to inspire people all across the world through these past few days - and I am sure his life story will continue to do so.

I thank God that he is in a place now that he would never want to return to this earth and Heaven is that much sweeter knowing he is there. My heart is truly broken for all of you. Let me know if there is anything I can do for your family.

with love in Christ,
david fladung
www.rememberhersh.com

 
At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Andy and Natasha said...

May the peace that passes all understanding be upon your family!

We've never met BJ but his story touched our lives. My husband and I are new missionaries to Russia. As we travel and raise our support, we share BJ's story and his love for the Lord and lost people. BJ is now safe in the arms of Jesus, but his story will continue to touch lives across the world.

Our prayers are with you.


In His love,
Andy and Natasha Lytle
Lexington, KY

 
At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ has touched so many lives, while he was in the hospital. I think that everyone who read the daily entries, learned something from him.

I lost my mother only 5 months ago, so I believe I know what you are going through.

Lean on God, and he will give you strength.

I can only imagine......

 
At 8:12 AM, Anonymous Milton Baumgardner said...

Dear Higgins family,
All I can think of at this moment is the words of Ps. 116:15 where it declares; "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." As I have traveled with you through this journey I am sure that BJ was one of God's saints and today he has been royally welcomed into the presence of his Lord and Savior. I can not say that I know what you are experiencing, but I just went through the death of my great niece with her parents and I saw their pain and I can only guess that you are feeling the same. But also having read your accounts of BJ and hearing your hearts as you have written I can also know your joy in his being with the Lord he loved so much. I am and will continue to lift you up as you go through these next days and weeks. You are absolutely correct that our God is awesome and He will supply your every need. I pray that you will feel God's loving arms around you and that you will claim Psalm 23 and the truth that as you go through the valley of the shadow of death God will lead you and protect you. I am so sorry for your loss, but I thank you for sharing your pilgrimage with us and allowing us to learn from you of the grace of God.
Milton Baumgardner
Monroe City, MO

 
At 8:12 AM, Anonymous Laura Armbrister, Strang, Ok said...

Our hearts are broken at your loss and we lift you again before the throne. We know that God had a plan and we pray that through BJ's suffering and his awesome witness that God's plan will be fulfilled. We will never forget this young man that we never met face to face, yet heart to heart we have a sense of having known him. And one day we will meet him in heaven and what a day, glorious day that will be!! God bless and strengthen you in the days to come.

A Sister in Christ~
Laura Armbrister

 
At 8:12 AM, Anonymous Pat Davila said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers and our hearts. BJ will suffer no more and he is where his heart was, with Jesus. He was a true testimony of His strength.

Pat Davila
NY

 
At 8:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. As I went through the tragic death of my husband several years ago, God gave me a special verse which I share with you: "For we know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose." We don't understand, but we just put it in God's hands and trust Him. May His love, comfort and peace be yours in a very special way! In Christ -- Glenda Hoyle, S.C.

 
At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren & Whitney,

We have been praying for Beej and checking in everyday, but not blogging. Our hearts go out to you in this time of sorrow. May God bring you comfort.

In Christ there are no goodbyes.

The O'Connell Family

 
At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our prayers continue for you. Your strong faith and the testimony of BJ's walk have impacted so many. May God's comfort continue to fill you in these days.

Friends of the Hendon's
Brownsburg, IN

 
At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a blessing it has been to my life to pray for your family. I again lift you to the Father praying that he will continue to carry you in His arms as you go through these difficult days.

Jo Anne
Oklahoma City

 
At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Jessica in Texas said...

I sit in amazement as I scroll through all the comments. What an incredible witness and testimony Beej continues to bless us with. God has used Beej to show so many of us such incredible faith through not only Beej but also his family. He has reached so many people, and I can't wait to someday meet him in the presence of God. You all will continue to be in my prayers. I've also been praying that God would grow that kind of faith in the rest of us. Words cannot express how blessed I have been by this family. May God continue to work in your lives in mighty and mericful ways.
Beej will be sorely missed.

 
At 8:17 AM, Blogger MarylandMommy said...

Many prayers for the family of this wonderful young man!!!

Love~The Kukuck Family in Maryland

 
At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen.....
He definitely was a good and faithful servant. BJ's life was totally amazing, and what he accomplished in his short life is more than most will do in a lifetime. He challenges us all to listen to the call of our Lord. Although it's sad he's no longer with us. he is so much happier where he is now, and one day we will be reunited with him!

 
At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

all night as i prayed "i can only imagine" echoed through my head. so glad to know, for bj's sake, that he no longer has to imagine the moment he worked so hard for... to stand before god's throne and be welcomed into heaven.

 
At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come With Me
auther unknown

God saw he was getting tired
And a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around him
And whispered,"Come with me."

With tear-filled eyes we watched him
fight hard and fade away.
Although we loved him deeply,
We could not make him stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
Two-small hands put to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.

 
At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Deanna, Brent, Whitney and Lauren,

Our hearts are so heavy right now. We have such conflicted thoughts and feelings. BJ has gone to be with the Lord he loved so very much, but has left such a gaping hole in this world. Know that we continue to hold your family up in prayer.

The Bays Family

 
At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgans family,
Even though I don't know you personally, I grieve with you. Thank you for sharing this time with us. As I sat at my computer last night and watched the postings add up of people praying for BJ, I was awestruck to be part of hundreds of God's children lifting up this precious one in prayer at the same time. BJ's life will continue to impact the world. I woke up at 3 this morning and the only thing that was on my mind was your family. May God comfort you during this time.

"Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest" Matt. 11:28

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

Higgins,
I woke up first thing this morning, my heart heavy for BJ. I just read that BJ has gone home. We rejoice and mourn with you.
Much love,
Jeff & Sarah McLaughlin

 
At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Jeff said...

He fought the good fight. Now lord let him rest in piece and live to glorify you again in heaven.

God bless you BJ's family and friends.

 
At 8:20 AM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren & Whitney -

My heart is swelling with emotion - saddness, heartache, relief, joy...and yet I know that NONE of what I feel can amount to what you're feeling right now. We are praying for you for strength, comfort and peace. We loved BJ in the short time we knew him, and we wished we could've known him even better. God has truly touched so many people through his life & through yours. We love you all so much, so much.

Jessica, Todd & Andrew Y.

 
At 8:21 AM, Blogger John said...

May God watch over all the souls of the dearly departed, and may BJ be at peace with him in an afterlife. Your family is in our prayers.

 
At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Stacy said...

Dear Higgins Family,

My heart breaks for you as it does with all of those who have been praying and daily checking up on BJ. As many others have expressed your sons life has touched so many lives and has inspired us to have the passion that BJ had for our Lord. Thank you for sharing his life, his journals, and your lives with us as an open book for all of us to be a part of. You have blessed us beyond measure. Your strength and dependance on the Lord have touched us. For now our hearts hurt with you and we pray that the God of all comfort will comfort your hearts. We cannot even fathom the pain you are going through so we pray for you as that is all we can do.

-Tulsa, OK

 
At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray that God pours out his peace on you and your family. God bless you for your faith and the love you have for your son. I grieve with you over the loss of BJ. I did not know your son, but I feel that I have lost a brother. His trust in the Lord is an encouragement to me and gives me hope for the future. Would that all young people had the same relationship with their heavenly father.

 
At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Kenille Elmore said...

Whether young or old a live can impact the world for eternity. I do not believe for a moment that BJ's work for the Lord is finished. It is just now that his is beginning to accomplish what God will do with him for eternity. Those who have been faithful in little will be given much to do in the future. His work has only begun. God needed him now!

Kenille Elmore
Tulsa, OK

 
At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Jim David said...

Higgins,

Therese and I are both wiping tears of compassion for you. I'm struggling for words...they just aren't coming. Even if they did, they'd be inadequate.

Just know that we love you, and that we pray the Lord's comfort and peace for you now. You have been an incredible inspiration for us, and for so many others in your unwaivering faith and in the strength of your witness through this.

May Jesus Name be lifted in this. My memory of BJ will forever be coupled with an image of how Jesus used a faithful young man to touch so many.

The Davids

 
At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney,
We share your sorrow today. BJ has touched so many lives through all of this and so have you! I told you that I looked forward to meeting BJ and getting to know him better and thanks to our Lord Jesus -- I still do!!
God Bless you all!
The Shaws

 
At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Family,

I was made aware of this website back in August from a coworker. I have checked it daily since. I went through and read each and every post you all have been able to share with us about your precious son BJ. I am thankful for that.

I, myself, have just begun reading my bible and attending church. I can honestly say that your son has inspired me to know more and to begin a relationship with god. BJ really 'got it.' The word has spread throughout our country about BJ and he will continue to be an inspiration to all of us.

My heart grieves for you during this time of loss. BJ - A true servant of the lord, and I know BJ is now with the lord.

God Bless You and Thank
you for allowing the world
to be with you during this journey.

Love,

Christy K.
Indianapolis, IN.
jbck@sbcglobal.net

 
At 8:29 AM, Blogger DeSpain Family said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren & Whitney,

Heaven is more beautiful this morning with the addition of BJ. How wonderful to know where he is for eternity. Although we rejoice he is in Heaven, it doesn't take away the pain you have with the loss of his earthly body. You are a remarkable family. All I can think about is the beautiful smile BJ graced us with when he was in my preschool class many years ago with Brendon. We mourn with you.

Love and Hugs. The prayers will continue for strength.

Keith, Tonya, Jamie & Brendon DeSpain

Hoover, Alabama

 
At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus" -Phil 4:7

 
At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. All of us here in Odessa will continue to pray.


April Cowan

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger Carrie Anne said...

Held
by Natalie Grant


Two months is too little
They let him go
They had no sudden healing.
To think that Providence would
Take a child from his mother
While she prays is appauling.

Who told us we'd be rescued?
What has changed and
Why should we be saved
From nightmares?
We're asking why this happens
To us, who have died to live.
It's unfair.

This is what it means
To be held, how it feels
When the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive.
This is what it is
To be loved, and to know
That the promise was
When everything fell,
We'd be held.


This hand is bitterness.
We wanna taste it,
Let the hatred numb our sorrow.
The wise hand opens slowly
To lilies of the valley
And tomorrow.

This is what it means
To be held, how it feels
When the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive.
This is what it is
To be loved, and to know
That the promise was
When everything fell,
We'd be held.


If hope is born of suffering,
If this is only the beginning,
Can we not wait for one hour
Watching for our Savior?

This is what it means
To be held, how it feels
When the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive.
This is what it is
To be loved, and to know
That the promise was
When everything fell,
We'd be held, we'd be held.

This is what it is
To be loved, and to know
That the promise was
When everything fell,
We'd be held.

This is what it means to be held.

 
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At 8:36 AM, Blogger pickelclaw said...

thank you so much for this ability to have gotten to know BJ. It was a most humbling experience and extremely awesome to realize this young man in high school had such an extreme love for Christ and a servants heart. This has been an amazing journey,ending in both heartache and rejoicing. thank you. still praying.
love in Christ,
Kate

 
At 8:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are grieving with you. Even though we know that he is with his Heavenly Father and has no more pain, there is a sadness for the fact that we will miss the chance to spend more time with him. Your faith and his has touched the hearts of our family. You are, as always, in our prayers.

SuzAnne, Marissa, Marley and Ethan
Indianapolis, IN

 
At 8:36 AM, Anonymous Kobe Family said...

We are so sorry.

Your family is in our prayers now and for always.

Love,
Dale,Pam,Natalie Kobe
Zionsville

 
At 8:38 AM, Anonymous Lauren said...

Dear Higgins Family,
I'm sorry for this loss. May God always watch over and give you understanding of His decision. I continue to pray for your family. BJ was one of the strongest people I have ever seen in my life. It took me a long time to realize he was only 15. My friend even said yesterday, "What? He's fifteen? I thought you said he went to Peru." BJ will live on in my heart forever. I have felt so close to your family through this ordeal. Stay faithful to God! I pray that He will comfort you now.
Love,
Lauren Szabo

Encinitas,CA

 
At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is home and is finally at rest...

lifting you guys up

Chelsea Carlsbad CA

 
At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so heartbroken for your loss, especially after all you have been through in the last month with him. We know BJ is at peace and rejoicing in the presence of the Lord he so loved and served here on earth. BJ surely heard "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." He will celebrate his 16th birthday with Jesus.

But, we know you must live with the heart break of not having your precious son and brother. We feel that God is saying to you also, "Well done, My good and faithful servants." Like Job, you have stayed true to God through all this terrible ordeal and have sought to bring Him glory. God knows the pain of losing a son. May you feel His comfort and presence through your grieving process.

Some Scriptures that helped me when my brother died: Ps. 34: 18, Lamen. 3: 31-33, Isa 57: 1-2 (NIV).

I know a Scripture doesn't take away the aching, terrible pain of this loss. I will continue to pray for you in the next year.

In Christ,

Linda Storm and family
Ontario, CA

 
At 8:40 AM, Blogger ron and vee ann said...

Dear family,

All I can say is that Granpa and Grandma Higgins, your dad, my mom, Uncles Wendell and Verdon were all there to meet him in heaven!

Love you,
Cousins Vee Ann and Ron

 
At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Immeasurable peace, love and blessings to you all.

 
At 8:41 AM, Blogger The Bontragers said...

Holy Holy is the Lord almighty, Holy Holy. BJ is an amazing man of God, and we are so blessed to have known him for the time that we did. Praise Jesus...BJ is finally home!

 
At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I never knew BJ personally, I can say that he has touched my life in ways that I will never forget. I have seen his love for the Lord through all the people here at HLG who knew him. Praise GOD that BJ is now in a place where he no longer suffers. Praise GOD that we all will spend eternity with our faithful brother in Christ.

Andrew Macejak
HLG

 
At 8:41 AM, Anonymous The Littell Family said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney,

Your family IS such a blessing to all whose lives you touch. The past year I have gotten to know you, has allowed me to step to another level, growing closer to our Father. I have prayed for B.J. and your family, I believe, more than I have prayed for anything in my life. B.J. didn't just touch thousands, he touched me. More than twice his age, I have learned from him. The Lord speaks to each of us every day, but too often we do not take the time to sit and listen. Through B.J., God was able to make a multitude of people stop, and listen, if only for a moment.
The blog about the apple seeds a few days ago, came from a book I am reading by Steve Chapman. I have been communicating with Steve and updating him about B.J. along the way. This morning I notified him about B.J.'s travels home. I recently received this message"

Matt,
Thank you for notifying us of B.J.'s homegoing. We pray that God will sustain his family, that they will know the blessing of His comfort in trusting Him alone with their precious son. Its difficult to imagine the depth of the sadness they all must feel. May the Lord bless you, your family, and the church family as well as all of you minister to the Higgins.
I was humbled and grateful to see how you used the book text regarding the apple seed and how it is a picture of the way B.J. impacted so many lives. May God continue to bring long term fruit out of a young man's journey that seems so short.
Thank you again and may the Lord be praised for His comforting presence in our lives...
Steve Chapman

Brent and Deanna....I couldn't agree more. I continue to pray for you and your family this morning and throughout the day. My family, though not with you in person, is with you throughout this day. We love you all!

May God continue to Bless each of you.
Your Friend!
Your Brother in Christ!
Matt Littell

 
At 8:42 AM, Blogger rachel said...

thank you Lord for BJ's life...he fought a good fight and finished strong. he will be missed!!

Dear Lord, please surround the higgins! comfort them. thank you for this wonderful family!!!

i love yall!!
rachel gilliland

 
At 8:42 AM, Blogger David Post said...

My friend and brother. May spend a glorious time with our maker. You have done well and we will pick up where you left off. I will miss you greatly. We pray for the family that we will celebrate his life. Thank you Lord for the time I could spend with him. He helped me grow and become more of a man. The people he touched is an amazing thing. May you get all the glory.

 
At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ We Love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lord he gave his life for you
Living sacrafice BJ has touched soooo
many lives in so many places
Dear Lord
Please bring comfort to all of us
grieving for BJ. Wrap your arms around
all of us. Let us rejoice knowing BJ
is home with you now.
Dear Lord
We give thanks for our time shared with BJ here on earth and know we shall all be togeither again one day
Dear Lord we pray
Amen
Lisa Gresh/Meils
Indianapolis IN

 
At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
"When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die"

From Wesley:
"as followers of Christ, we are immortal - indeed we cannot die - until our work for Christ on this earth is done"

B.J.'s work on earth is done - and what a tremendous work it is!

I pray Lord, for Your comfort and grace to shower upon the Higgins family - You are our almighty and sovereign LORD.

Bob K.

 
At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins Family,
I was so sad to discover this morning that BJ is no longer physically with us, but rejoice that he is safely in the arms of the Father.
I want to thank you for sharing your journey and the life of BJ with the world! I am totally amazed at the spiritual maturity of one so young. BJ's life will continue to encourage others that follow in his footsteps!
I just got the new Casting Crowns CD this morning and want to share the following with you. I pray that it will encourage you.

PRAISE YOU IN THIS STORM!
I was sure by now
That You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I will continue to pray for you as a family as you walk the road ahead.

When I'm weak, He makes me strong,
LA (Marion, Indiana)

 
At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Jill Tanner said...

Dear Higgins Family,

Last night in church we were reading in Isaiah. This morning when I woke up, mom told me that Jan Walters called about 6:30...and that BJ was with the Lord. Mom turned to Isaiah 55:8-11.

"For My thought are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts...So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Our God is so awesome, and He deserves all the glory. That's something Bj knew full well, and in his life and death, God has most definitely been glorified. But His plans are not always our plans.

When I first started praying for Bj, I asked the Lord if He would give me the opportunity to meet this brother in Christ. I know that the Lord will grant my request, it's just gonna take a little bit longer now.

My prayers will not stop - they are with you. But also, I pray that those who don't know our Father and have heard of Bj will learn of his story. But most importantly, that they will learn of his great God. I pray that the Lord will move their hearts and that they too will be a part of this wonderful family.

Bj's words have had a huge impact on my life these past few weeks. I feel as if I have met him and talked with him. Thank you so much for sharing those journal entries.

In much Christian love,
jill tanner <><
greenwood
Isaiah 55:8-11

 
At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins family
He fought the good fight
We are praying for you and our hearts go out to you! Beej has been such an inspiration to all.
Vickie Crawford, Odessa,TX

 
At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Susie Alexander said...

My heart aches for your loss, but rejoices in knowing that it is heavens gain...BJ has touched my heart and life forever...I will continue to pray for your family that God will continue to give you strength...
Praise be to God.
Love & Prayers
Susie Alexander

 
At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Goodwin's said...

Dearest Higgins family,
We are so very sorry to hear the news of your precious BJ. We are praying for you for peace & comfort at this time. BJ has made such an impact on so many people & he truely fought the good fight, kept the faith & finished the course well! We love you!

~Anita~

 
At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is so much going through my heart right now, that I am not sure how I feel. My heart is broken yet, I feel so much peace in God. Imagine what Bj must be doing right now! How he must be longing for us to be with him now...to see Jesus with him...like the song "I can only Imagine" by mercy me. Lord comfort his amazing family and help us to be like a family to them. Lord you're our treasure and I'm so glad Bj could be with you right now.
-Brittany

 
At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing all that has gone on with BJ. I have never met BJ, but his life has touched mine in ways I never imagined.

Continue with your strength and know that he is resting in the arms of our Father and is much happier than we have ever been.

- Tulsa, OK -

 
At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ is home now. Well done good and faithful servant.

Praying for God to comfort you.

Ed, Carmel

 
At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,
My heart aches for your loss. Although, I did not know BJ personally or his family, I was touched by his story and prayed that he would make it through. He is home... BJ... made it home.
God Bless you all and may you feel the Lord's arms holding you during this sad time.

Rose Camp
Jacksonville, FL

 
At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Joe N said...

Heavenly Father we thank you for the passion and commitment BJ showed for you in his desire to serve you, and we thank you for how he blessed the lives of those around him. We ask that his passion for you would be contagious to us who have prayed for him during this time, and we praise you for taking away his earthly pain in exchange for your immediate presence.

Be with BJ's family as they make it through the process of mourning and finding your arms around them even in the rough hours.

We pray for BJ's youth group... may they shine ever brighter in your love and your light.

We thank you that this broken earth is only our temporary home. "In this world you will have problems, but take heart, I have overcome the world." - Amen

 
At 8:54 AM, Blogger Beth said...

Higgins Family,

BJ accomplished more for Christ in his 15 years than I have in my 37. He worked hard and now has entered eternal rest. The next time you see him, he will be whole.

My heart breaks for your family, but it rejoices for BJ. My prayers have been for the healing of BJ, and for your strength and that God's peace would surround you. I will continue to pray for God's peace for you. I know I will be joined by hundreds around the world. What an amazing thing God did through BJ and your family...Unity of the body of Christ, all praying together, daily, to our awesome, compassionate, unfathomable God.

John 14:27
"My peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

Thank you Higgins family for your courageous battle. Thank you for the honor and pleasure of praying for you. It will be my honor to continue to do so.

Beth Buchanan
Fullerton, Ca.

 
At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is hard to get my arms aroung this one. I cannot imagine your grief. I have a 15 year old son..and his loss would be immearsurable. I also know that there are no words I can say to take this grief and loss away now. My heart grieves for you and your family and my prayers are with you. In spite of this, the God we serve carries us in our deepest heart-aches. He is "aquainted with grief." He knows intimately what sorrow is. He also knows the joy that your son is experiencing now and the joy that awaits all of us. In the meantime remember these words from the song "I Am Here."

"I am here and I am there and always will be near. I am the love Son.

I am here and I am there and always will be near my broken-hearted one."

Ron Storm
Ontario, CA

 
At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. My heart breaks for you. I pray that you will feel the comfort and love of the Lord surround you and your family.
Love and Prayers,
Pam Moore
Luna Pier, Michigan

 
At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beej,
I am so jealous. I can only imagine being in the presence of the King.
Family,
Beej has lived an amazing life. He has touched the hearts and lives of many. Especially me. He was a true blessing to me. My heart is breaking for you and you will continue to be in my prayers.
Thank you for everything,
Kortnie Smith
Ada, OK

 

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