Saturday, January 07, 2006

I was talking on the phone last evening, when the doorbell rang. We live out in the country, and the doorbell never rings. I was startled... I wasn't even dressed! In my hurry, I threw on some clothes, and scurried to the door, while trying to counsel with someone on the phone.

I was stunned, when through the window of the door, I could see Jack, Beej's best friend. When I opened the door, there stood Taylor, one Beej called his brother. They were accompanied by their friend, and a recent aquaintance for BJ, Mike.

What had prompted this "breathe of heaven" to come in our direction? They were headed to Chicago, made a 180 degree turn, and drove to lowly Monrovia. Chicago surely held more promise of excitement and enthusiasm for these three. What could Monrovia offer?

It didn't matter, they were here, and I was so pleased. Beej had a history with these young men. A website whose sole purpose was to minister, created by them, a band pulled together to bring glory to the Lord, overnights of bed-jumping, and long talks about Jesus... until dawn.

They sat and we talked. We got caught up on their lives, their future plans, and how God was working. What a blessing.

At times, Deanna and I sat nervously, unsure what to offer, or what to say. As they were preparing to leave, Jack asked, "could we see BJ's room, you know, just to look around and stuff?"

We led them through the heart of our home to its soul. Opened the door, and watched the memories surface for them. BJ's new bass guitar which Jack had never seen, was once again "held," and played. His new acoustic guitar came alive with songs that he and Jack had written together, but we had never heard.

Taylor asked to see his journals, and found a quiet seat in the living room where he could look for "the" page. One which would mean something to him, more than any other. He scanned and searched, but could not find it. Soon, Jack and Mike joined him. They read through the many songs BJ had written. They found the writings on the "Armor of God," and requested a copy for a friend who was deeply moved by BJ's passion for it (you'll see that on Tuesday). Jack requested to be able to put music to his songs. Then amid further conversation, Jack found it for Taylor. I had pointed Taylor into the wrong journal.

At BJ's "calling," I had told Taylor about BJ's fondness and concern for him. In October of 2004, at the retreat Beej would pen the "I will..." creedo, the one that now serves as the Global Passage Creed for all Awestar missionaries, he wrote something more personal... a listing of his family... his loved ones.

In a page predesigned to list the members God had brought into your life- your blood relatives, it was written:

"Mom
Dad
Lauren
Whitney
Me
Taylor"


Taylor was not born into our family by birth. He was born as a brother, into the heart of my son, by a loving and caring God who knew that this young man needed a special kind of love, and saw fit to give it to him in the form of a gift... a second gift (the first being his salvation). Beej had accepted Taylor and loved him wholeheartedly, without caveat, as he saw in him something that many miss. He believes in him, and wants him to become all Christ wants for him.

That kind of love is rare in our world. The kind of love that would bring three teenage boys, no... three men to our doorstep, to bring encouragement into the hearts of two grieving parents, while stirring memories, and bringing comfort into their own hearts... I serve a God that big, and I praise Him for it!

Thank you Jack, Taylor, and Mike for an unexpected blessing. You have served our Lord, and encouraged our hearts!

dad

21 Comments:

At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless You Family
Jack came home with the bounce back in his step, a greater strength within, and a sense of a bit more at peace in his heart.
Bless You Family
You share so much with all of us.
Our computer is reconnected and working again. "I give Thanks."
I pray for you Family.
I pray you all have growing peace in your hearts and an abundance of strength carry you through.
In Jesus name
Amen
Love, Huggs, and many prayers I send
Your sister in Christ
Lisa

 
At 11:12 AM, Anonymous On Our Knees... said...

Praise our God!! He is so good to us all the time...but, it is so very good when we see it so clearly. Sounds like 3 more men that God has grabbed that we get to hear about because of BJ. May He continue to revive!

 
At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger Jacktopher Meils said...

Could you tell me that book title again? My email is asquarede@yahoo.com


Thanks much,
Jack

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger Praying in Pink said...

What could Monrovia have to offer? What could www.prayforbj.com have to offer? What could Brent and Deanna Higgins, faithful servants and parents of those called to take BJ's place, have to offer? Little is ALWAYS much when God is in it. . .and I know the guys had their hearts and spirits revived and refreshed by seeing Christ-in-you, the hope of glory, as well as those incredible reminders of His work in BJ's brief life.

Thank you, Jack, Taylor, and Mike, for doing what so many of us long to do. Thank you, Father, for your gracious gifts offered in just the right way, through just the right people, at just the right time. We love you!

Continuing to pray for all the Higgins and for Linda R. and her family--as well as others who hurt among our blog family and beyond. . .

with tender love,

Marti

 
At 3:19 PM, Blogger Lattany said...

Thank you Jack, Taylor and Mike for being a picture of how the Body should work. Thank you for being God's hands. Thank you for your dedication to Him.

Lattany
Fairfax, VA, USA

 
At 7:36 PM, Blogger the leaf family said...

i know Michael misses being part of the guys..
Praying daily for each of you..
With all our love and prayers from KC-Tracy

 
At 12:51 AM, Anonymous Carol said...

Still praying for you in Arlington, TX!

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

God Bless you,
Greenfield, Indiana

 
At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great present you were able to receive on Friday evening!

 
At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful gift of the Spirit of our Lord!! Let the revolution continue~!

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

AMEN

 
At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Brittany Di Salvo said...

Amazing.. love you guys, and though I don't comment often I pray consistently for all of you. Thank you for continuing to post. You have touched me more than you know.

 
At 12:15 AM, Anonymous Linda Anderson said...

I have spent the last few hours (a few interruptions) catching up on the blog and copying and pasting to my "Bj's journal entries" folder that I have created. I have missed coming here and reading of Bj, the Higgin's family, and all your love and inspiration. Life (and Satan) has kept me very busy.

May God continue to bless all of you. You are an inspiration to all of us, and your "bearing of your soul" continues to bring my to tears.

Still and always praying in pink~

Linda Anderson
Willows, California

 
At 1:18 AM, Blogger Linda Ronne said...

It was the first thing I read on returning from taking Hollie to Cookson Hills Christian School, and I have to say that it took me some time to get through it, through tear filled eyes. This last entry moved me so. Thank you Jack, Taylor and Mike for not only blessing the socks off the Higgins family but also this blog family.

Thank you to all who have been praying with us as we took the journey of trying to find help for Hollie. Thank You Lord Jesus that You were by our sides every step of the way, without You we are nothing. Friday evening was horrific to say the least, but with Jesus and good church friends we made it through the night. Intake on Saturday took approx 2 hours, then we delivered Hollie's belongings to her new "House parents", said our goodbyes and started back home. I was amazed at how well I was coping with it all, extremely few tears. Then today at church I had an overwhelming feeling of gratefulness to our Lord and He ministered to me through the worship and the tears flowed. On return to church this evening, again He greeted me at the door and wraped me in His comforting arms and again this overwhelming feeling of gratitude came over me along with a feeling of relief. I could finally let go of all the emotions that I had held back and pressed down for the last 8 years. No regrets, no guilt just relief and gratitude. I can't even begin to imagine how any of this would have turned out if we did not have Jesus with us, scarey really.
Lord thank you that through the brokeness of the Higgins family and that of ourselves You shine through so brightly. When we are weak Lord, You are so strong. I give You alone all the glory, honor and praise, all my heart soul and mind and give over to Your complete control the life of Hollie.


In His Love
Linda Ronne
Shawnee,Ok

 
At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Marissa Balog said...

Those three guys are amazing, I know all three and I know why Bj had become friends with them. Its nice to have friends who share your same faith and who share the same passion for God. Still praying
-Marissa

 
At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you ever want to see what "legacy" BJ left behind it is alive in these boys who eagerly and willingly carry it. They are special guys and I look forward to what they are going to do with the fire that God ignited, that BJ fanned and that they are going to pass on!

SuzAnne Keith

 
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