Tuesday, October 11, 2005

A mixture of grieving and praising (well put Emily Jo) is what yesterday looked like. The Lord was faithful to us, and helped each of us through our days. Deanna was alone at home, as she desired, and while reading one of BJ's Bibles, she let go with emotion. It was a good thing, and she was thankful.

Lauren's classmates (while in class) gathered around her and prayed with and over her for comfort and healing. Her first two prof's have been very understanding, and are trying to help reduce her make-up work load. Her study group has worked to catch her up with what she has missed. Three more classes today for her. She has been blessed.

Whitney enjoyed Sunday evening at her dorm with pizza and her roommate. Whitney had wisely chosen to sit out this semester, early into BJ's hospital stay, as she is a nursing major, and the field is so competitive, and she is a freshman, so to get a clear head, chose to work for this semester...but her school administration allowed her to remain in the dorm. Work was therapeutic for her. She is surrounded by people who care.

I work on a 425 acre Christian camp. It is mostly forested. I took a walk yesterday during my work day. I began to Praise my God at the top of my voice...425 acres, only wildlife listens, then runs away...and He heard me, and He touched me. I felt a strong sense of my son joining in along with me, praising my Savior (my cousin Greg, aka Blues had told me of this). It was a moving time for me, and I am thankful.

I would like to speculate about Beej's day too, but I can only imagine...and it brings me peace. He was a very normal young man in most senses of what that means. He tried to develop a routine for when he would get into the Word, but it always seemed to fluctuate. At times he would do it at school first thing, as he would arrive early, and sit down in the cafeteria, and study. At times he would do it as soon as he got home from school. At times he did it before bed. The bottom line, was that it was a priority, and he would make time.

BJ had an amazing ability to shed negative comments or feedback about being open with his faith. In short, he knew the Word said it would be that way, so he accepted it and moved on. He did not take it personally, or get down on himself about it. However, he did mourn over people he shared with that did not accept Jesus as their Savior.

I was reading a conversation he saved from aim (auto instant messenger) with another student about Jesus (he saved a couple of conversations). What a blessing it is to find out that his head was crammed full of the deep inner-workings of our faith. Yet he relayed this in everyday language that others could understand. That is sooo important!

I used to get frustrated trying to get him to study for tests. I'd ask, "BJ, are you ready?" He'd reply, "pretty much." I'd push, "did you study?" He'd respond, "I don't need to dad, I know this stuff." The thing was, he was right. He had this nearly photographic memory, and would just remember things. This included the Word of God. In looking through his Bible, I am amazed at how much underlining he did. Not because it was unusual, but because when you and I underline, we do so to a verse or two that stood out and the Holy Spirit spoke to us through.

Well the Holy Spirit must have been speaking to BJ in entire chapters, and books. Guess what color he'd often choose to underline in?! Yep, that same obnoxious PINK!!!

Your prayers continue to lift us up, quite literally. (remind me to tell you about that)

Serving the King beside you,



At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning Brent & Deanna,

Just checking in before Andrew gets here. I can see how you feel close to BJ at Highland Lakes, it is a beautiful,peaceful place. It is easy to feel God's presence there, also. I pray each of you find your own way to get through this, while staying close to God.
I can't even imagine how difficult it must still be. Thanks for your continued sharing on this blog. It has been a blessing to everyone.
Call if you need anything. Love you all.

Love, Nancy

At 7:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And He has said to me,"My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." 1 Corinthians 12:9

Yesterday was a day of especially intense prayer for you all (note the SC influence there). How kind of you to share His gracious answers! How good of Him to continue showering You with His grace!

Del Fehsenfeld, an especially anointed revivalist (who also joined Jesus fairly early in life due to a massive brain tumor)often spoke about God's "grace ambulance." God sends this ambulance to His followers at exactly the right time--not early, not late, but just when we need rescuing, with exactly the right supply.

Dear family, this image of a grace-ambulance speeding to meet my needs has helped my anxious thoughts many times. . .but I confess that it never had a color--until now!

May His PINK grace-ambulance continue providing for your needs moment by moment,

with tender love and prayers in pink,

Marti for all the Piepers
Charleston, SC

At 8:04 AM, Blogger Kim Mierau said...

i love reading about how God is caring for each of you in unique ways according to what you need. may He continue to provide for you in this way - through others, through nature, through His word, through time with Him, through the blessing of work. and we as Christ's body will continue to hold you in prayer! love *kim

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

I'm happy to hear that trying to go back to your normal rountines hasn't been a terrible thing. That is so neat about BJ's bible...PINK! It makes me smile! You are in my prayers.
Lots of love,
Lauren Szabo

At 8:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you and your family...I thank God for "introducing" me to you and your family. I'm praying....

Greenfield, Indiana

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

its amazing how throughout this whole situation that people around you have been able to work things out such as Lauren and her make up work and Whitney being able to stay in the dorms. Your family is still continuing to amaze me in how strong you have stayed in your faith throughout hard times.
You're in my prayers,

At 8:40 AM, Blogger . said...

Dear family,

Good morning! What a blessing to hear the ways our Shepherd went ahead of each of you yesterday and prepared the path for you! May you see tangible evidence of His leading and care again today.

Still praying....

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

Praise God for leading all of you through yesterday! You all have been such an encouragement to me through this. In times of trial, you cling to the All Mighty for strength and support. You turn to scripture for answers and call upon God for help. Your faith and trust in Him has helped remind me where to turn in times of great trial. Thank you for continuing to write on here and update us. I will be praying for you as you take on this day. May i suggest something that i put on before i leave the house when i know i have struggles to face? In Ephesians 6:10-20 it talks about the armor of God. When i was in the 3rd grade, i helped my mom memorize it every morning before i left for school. As we read along, we would physically put on the armor. You leave the house feeling protected and armed by God. You will be in my thoughts and prayers today. Thanks again for updating us on here. When you first started sharing about Beej, and how strong of faith he had, it encouraged me to change things in my life. He had an amazing story and it helps to hear his writings. thank you. "Oh Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you." Psalm 84:12
Kendall Potter

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

Thank you for the continuing comments. I find myself still checking the site every day. It is amazing to share in this part of the journey with you too. I love how our Lord is using this to spread His name. I had friends from home (Oklahoma) telling me that they saw BJ on the news back there too. I pray this new day goes well for you.
In Christ,
Rachel Burkholder
Peru 2005

At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.
-Mother Teresa
This reminds me of BJ. Peace be with you all.

At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear B.J.'s Dad,
Thank you and Bless you for todays letter. You Sir, lift me up!
After reading your letter today, I am strong in spirit and I am blessed! Thank you for sharing these most wondrful moments with us! We are blessed indeed!!!!
I continue to pray for you and your family! God Bless you all!
Love in Christ,
Mischel from Bethlehem, PA

At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for continuing to bless US in your time of mourning. We love hearing from you!

At 10:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It had been a day or two since I had logged onto your site and once again as I did the blessings of God fill me as I read the words that you have written...God's continued strength and blessings be yours.

A sister in Christ~

At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tears of comfort, sadness, and joy come to my eyes when I read your postings. So many people are hurting in their own world, yet many never share that journey. I appreciate so much your willingness to share this process and you definitely have a host of believers remembering you daily in prayer! We pray for the continued outpouring of God's love and comfort and healing today. May God bless you immensely!
Kayla Rice

At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing how yesterday went for each of you.
I will continue with intense prayer today for your family as a whole and individualy.
I pray your strength continue to build and peace in your hearts prevail each day. Dear Lord help our Higgins family through another day with new beginnings and peace in their hearts as they are trying to move forward
through such a painful time.
Thank you Lord
Lisa Gresh/Meils
Indpls., IN

At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Brent,
Well I'm glad that you and the girls are going back to work and school. You guys can do it, the Lord is with you through these tough times. I continue to pray for you. Love you guys all so much!
Love always,
Rachel Trask

At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Julie was thrilled to hear from you. She's learned a classmate did not know what praying ment. Through wearing Pray for BJ shirts {the ones bought and homemade, she has a new wardrobe,} Anyway she is thrilled
honoring BJ, answering questions and spreading the word of our Lord.
Thank You!!!
Lisa Gresh/Meils

At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we cannot stop lifting you up in our prayers. We're a family. We love you and will continue praying for you all.

big cabin, ok

At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord that Deanna could cry, Brent, you could sing at the top of your lungs, and Lauren and Whitney could be blessed by people who care. That pink grace ambulance has been breaking the speed limit for you. What an awesome God we serve!!
I'm blessed by your continued sharing about you daily lives and also about BJ and how he lived in his daily life for Jesus. I am inspired.

Praying you through the pain,
Lynne in Gray, Ga.

At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins Family,
You ALL continue to be so inspiring. How real and honest you are, is so humbling. It never fails that as I read one of your entries I cry, sometimes of joy but mostly of sadness at what you all are going through. Thank you so much for continuing to post. Your family has touched my family so so deeply. Our God is an awesome God and seeing him meet you where you are at is such an incredible witness to so many people, you absolutely have no idea. Continuing to pray for you all.
Deanna, as a mother of three young children my heart and prayers go out for you. God bless you as you find that "new normal"
Kimberley Poncin
Purcellville, Va.

At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins family,
Thank you for continuing to bless with the heart felt truth of your days. God's tremendous love and faithfulness is amazing! All of you were on my heart and lifted in continual prayer during the course of the day. As you sat before Him in stillness or took a step of faith out into the community...He was faithfully there. After reading yesterday mornings writing, I read the comments and saw the continued encouragement of the "new" normal. At one point, I read the word "NEW" but my brain saw...Never Ending Worship. This morning...after reading your site once again...I saw our Lord. How in the trail of the day...continued worship wove a tapestry through it all.
"Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care." Psalm 95:6,7
Oh, what a Shepherd!...He carries a staff to draw us close and hold us in His strong arms...He carries a rod...for He IS the Master Protector and Provider...for He is with us!
Thank you for sharing the details of your day, for I see the Lord at work. God Bless you, Brent, Deanna, Laurne, and Whitney. My heart is with you daily and I trust that it will be His Magnificant strenght, tender love, gentle kindness, and ever prensence that will guide, comfort, and lead you through every moment of every day. Love you all! Your friend in His Love, Ann Potter
Carmel, IN
**Ah, yes...pink! As a mom of 3 girls...I would say "is there any other color!?" Back in the "old days" after each daughter was born...Steve would return to the hospital the next day, Always, wearing a pink polo shirt! Somehow, I relate that color to celebration...and new life.

At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dad,Mom and sister's,
I frequently check the site. I am homeschooled an do school on the internet. My mom gets on me for being on prayforbj. com, but little does she know how much Beej has touched my life. He is an inspiration to me, everyday. I love you all, mom,dad,whitney and lauren.
Thank you, for everything. I myself don't know how to show it.

Your servant,
Mesquite, Tx

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Carrieanney said...

Still praying for you as you try to go on with your lives. Deanna, I'm so glad you have time alone to fully grieve. We all grieve in different ways, and I identify with your way the most.

God is definitely doing something new. I will continue to pray for you as He reveals this new thing to you.

Carrie G.
Xenia, OH

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Kalliopi Psalm said...

Ha! Underlining in pink..That color will never look the same to me. Thank you for continuing to share with all of us. "Thank you Lord for another day."

At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for continuing to post and share your process of grieving. i continue to pray for you often and am grateful that god is continuing to sustain you. god bless you.

At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Each weekend, this time of year, I too get the opportunity to spend time with the Lord, in Nature's Bedroom. It is a wonderful place. The quietness, and stillness that one experiences, allows you to actually listen to the Lord speak. There is no radio, tv, car horns, etc., to distract us while we fellowship with our Lord. It is also a great time and place to relax and reflect, allowing us to clear our minds. I have spent many hours in this manner.
As I continue to check througout each day on the Whole Higgins Family, I continue to pray for each of you, lifting you to the Lord for his blessings and healing power. He is Great!
You are all, always on my mind, and I am always with each of you through each day.
We Love You All!
We Continue To Pray With you and For Your!
Your Friend!
Matt Littell

At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna & girls,

Pink has always been my favorite color!

In your note about everyone going about just as "normal", when your worlds seem upside down, just remember that for alot of us the normal now includes thoughts of BJ, all of you, and a heightend awareness of our Lord and His ways. My "normal" day at work has been forever changed by the fact I have met your family, and was privledged to help take part in the care of BJ.

Continuing to keep you in my prayers,


At 12:48 PM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

Brent & Deanna -

What absolute treasures BJ's things must be for you. I hope that one day Andrew will grow to be a man of God like BJ was. I know that you guys are definitely an inspiration as we raise him. Please let us know if you need anything - we look forward to bringing you dinner soon - I promise it won't be too bad:)

We love you so much & we're still praying for you.

Jes, Todd & Andrew Y.

At 1:11 PM, Blogger natenamy said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney--

Just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you again today. May His sweet presence surround you and hold you today in a very special way as you all go about your lives seperately, but united in your grief.

The image of the PINK ambulance is so cool! We will pray that the #1 Paramedic will be with you "right on time" always.

We love you and miss you LOADS!

Nate and Amy

At 1:11 PM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

Hello family:

I am thankful that so many are staying close to you all. People many times draw back after a death thinking the family has moved on and no longer needs the encouragement. Nothing could be further from the truth. Now is when you need the 24/7 prayers and the encouragement of knowing you are not going through this alone.

You may not know but between Michael and Allison Paula miscarried a child. She was into her second trimester when during a regular check up and ultra sound we found the babies heart had stopped beating for no reason or explaination. To increase the pain, they had to induce labor in order to get the child from Paula. So she had to go through the pain of delivery just to be able to get the child and move forward. There was so much physical and emotional pain as I remember. We named the child, Timothy. Paula and I actually got to hold Timothy after the delivery before they took him from us. Needless to say we were heart broken but as you, we accepted what the Lord had required of us. Then less then 2 years later we were blessed with our Allison. What a joy she has been in our lives. We came to realize that had Timothy not died we would never have had Allison and how very different our lives would be. We can't imagine our lives without Allison. All that is to say that out of the darkness of losing Timothy we were blessed with Allison. I don't know what the Lord has for you all but I do know that He WILL fill the void in your lives, to overflowing. NOTHING will ever take BJ's place but I believe with all my heart that our Lord and Savior will bless and fill you beyond measure. You can count on it. Just as Paula had to go through the pain of delivering a baby that had already gone to be with the Lord, so you all will first go through this terrible pain of separation. But after the pain WILL come the healing, I promise you. Even Jesus had to endure the Cross before the Ressurection. Just wait and see what our great God has instore for you!! We love you with an everlasting love....Phil & Paula

At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless you Phil and Paula

At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear family,
Nothing sustains us more than your thoughts and comments about your faith and trust in our dear Heavenly Father, our Good Shepherd, even in your intense grief. Unless we have experienced the loss of a child, we can not even begin to understand the depth of your pain. However, please know that our prayers will continue with you through every stage of your grief. Our love for our Heavenly Father and for you hopefully will sustain you through each of these moments. We love you dear family, and please know that as you begin to venture out into the world again, we walk hand in hand with you. Our dear Lord will also carry you, as you may need, in those dark moments.
May God bless you and keep you all in His loving grace.

At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for continuing to share about BJ's life. He was an extrodinary young man, and I can't wait to meet him one day. I continue to pray for you and your family. God Bless

ogden, Utah

At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God continue to fill you with His presence and precious comfort. You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Laura Floyd

At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love to hear about your days. I love to hear about how the Lord is moving in your hearts..and though the wound will never heal..i suppose that somehow He provides a way for us to cope. Thank you for letting me see that in y'all. It blesses me immensely!

Still praying..and still missing BJ..love you--kristin in KC

At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayer for each of you is that each new day will begin to have a sense of purpose for you. That each new day will provide the right amount of grace that you need for that day. It sounds hollow right now, but time does have a way of helping us heal from our loss.
You'll have days where you think you are beginning to "turn the corner" and then BAM! It feels like the very first day all over again.
I will continue to pray for each of you as I know so many others are doing. Whoever said it, is correct; that now is when the prayer warriors need to be our knees to keep you all girded up in prayer.

We serve a Faithful God.

Evansville, IN

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

I love you guys so much. I'm always thinking about you and praying for you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and for letting us know how each of you are doing! I can't wait to see you all again! :)

Ashley Dawn (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading about Mom reading ONE of BJ's Bibles, I suddenly remembered that BJ had a four-traslation Bible, didn't he? I remember that he told us about it with so much excitement! He really loved God's word. I loved that about him. :-)
Thanks for letting us into your lives, family.

I love you so much,
Kayla (Peru 2005)

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

Precious Family,

Praise the God of everlasting love. These days are so important. They are the days when the numbness leaves and the grief cuts like a knife in your gut. The world doesn't seem to matter and all you want is to hold your son, to have another conversation with him. But the Lord has chosen you to remain for a purpose. And in your confusion wrapped in trust, you sing with all of your heart to God, because the loss has filled you with a deeper praise than you have ever known. And even in your grief, you enjoy this new depth of emotion. You don’t know if the world is standing still or hurtling by you, you just know every day the gnawing ache to go home becomes stronger.

So press on, we will all be home soon. I am so blessed by your growing faith, and humbled to be on this journey with you. Even as a prayer warrior so far removed by distance, I feel like, “Who am I?” to be given such a task. To be at all connected with what God is doing here feels overwhelming, to the edge of hopelessness. But it is there in our utter dependency that we find Grace to walk us through. We love you and can’t wait to see you again.

For Christ and Christ alone,
Rachel Long
Tulsa, OK

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are still praying for you guys. We love you! May god bless.

At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thank God so much when I read how He's been comforting you all. I don't know how to describe it, but God's just placed a huge bond between our team and your family and I just love you all so much. You've been such an encouragement to me and I pray for you daily. I just echo Tara in that I thank you for taking us in as a team. I love you guys and I'm keeping up my prayers for you. Oh, and I honestly laughed out loud to myself when I read that BJ often used pink to underline verses in his bible.

Mike Elmore
Peru 05

At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for each day.

At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read your blogs for a while...I am no extraordinary girl and I do not know your family at all, but I attend IWU and heard BJ's story through various friends and chapel, etc. In the past 2 weeks that I have read your blogs, I have been moved...not only by your son/brothers amazing testimony, but just how you have allowed God to move and work in your life through this situation. I have often prayed for your family..and I am POSITIVE that God is answering the prayers one at a time. Thank you for sharing your story..and please, continue to blog...your faithfulness to God through this situation is an inspiration in my life, and I look forward to reading what the Lord is doing each day. May God richly bless you!

At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with you. We miss you and hope that you join us in worship soon.

At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing about your day. I am praying for all of you.
Love, Misti

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

Thank you so much for sharing how each member of the family is doing. I find myself wondering how the day is going for each of you and it helps to know. I am thankful to the Lord that He helps each of you in the way that you all need individually. He is so good.

I continue to pray for strength and peace for each of you.

May God Bless you.

Youngstown, OH

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

News of BJ's story has really become known here in South Carolina, I was about to tell a student of mine at USC BJ's story... And before I could say prayforbj.com, SHE told ME the webpage. She had seen a bumper sticker somewhere in Columbia that said "prayforbj.com" and then she told me that she prayed for him right there with out even knowing bj's story. I have a whole handfuls of these amazing stories here. It is mind-blowing to me how much bj's story is being shared, and with his story comes Christ's story... and that is just the way BJ would want it. We are still praying hard here in SC and the prayer warriors are growing each day.

love you guys,

bf in sc

At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to pray over here - reminded often as others through glimpses of pink throughout our days. Thank you so much for keeping us posted...we find ourselves checking the sight at least 3-4 a day to see how God continues to work through you, with you, and BJ's witness. All the glory to God. We pray that the Lord continues to show you intimate, personal ways He is with you...sees you & will heal you. Manna...daily, day by day. We love you.

The McMahans

At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent and Deanna
I hope the evening is Okay for you both adjusting to changes.
I am praying for your girls adjusting comfortably.
We are praying for all of
you, continue building strength
and peace in your hearts.
With our Love, prayers and hugs to embrace you and keep you lifted and bring you comfort.
We Pray Dear Lord
Lisa Gresh and Meils Family
Indpls., IN
Goodnight Family

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

just wanted to let ya'll know that i'm still praying. i recieved my shirt today and will be wearing it with pride tomorrow!

Isaiah 55:8-11

At 8:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think of ya'll often through out the day, and say prayers for each of you. BJ's story has really made me seek to find my purpose here in this world. Thank you for sharing such a personal time in your life. You have been such an inspriation.

Carole Hutto Guevara
West Monroe, Louisiana

At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still checking in and praying for you.
St George, UT

At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i attended a camp at highland lakes once...what is the name of the camp you work with? just curious to see if there was yet another connection i have to your family.
i'm still praying for you everyday.

At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God for your day! And for your comfort.

I'm currently in a class Intro to the New Testament using Elmer Towns "A Journey Through the New Testament". I'm at Jesus' final week and preparing for a test. One of the things that struck me is how many times Jesus said his time has not yet come. Well, I got up the other morning with it still on mind and I got this image of BJ while in the hospital. I could just picture Jesus saying "It's time to come home." And I could just hear BJ say "Not yet, Lord. Just one more." What a picture and what an amazing young man.

Layton, UT

At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your family has become our teachers. Each day we come to sit at your feet and learn. We learn from Bj and we learn from all of you. We are all drawn to this site and we grow in the Lord. We think we are here for you, to pray you through this but in some way, you are all here for us. All 5 of you are an amazing testimony of His strength. Again I beseech you, don't leave us.


At 11:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the Higgins Family live at Highland Lakes also?

At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't help but wish there was a counter on BJ's site to show how many times people log on and don't necessarily blog. . .I'm a pretty regular blogger, but I "lurked" and prayed (is that "plurked"?) for a while before I started, and even now I check it periodically but only write SOME of the time--like many others, I imagine! (How's that map coming, anyway--have we hit all 50 states yet? I know we're doing pretty well on the continents!)

Just wanted you to know--as I think you do--that "early in the morning and late at night," we are all most gratefully filling that gap. It's obvious that so many, including me, have experienced a revitalization in our connection with the Father through these days of prayer and pain. This stems from both the joyful privilege of praying for the Higgins family as well as the holy challenges laid before us in the life and words of an amazing young man. Just today I noticed BJ's "location" change noted on the main page--chills!

Dear friends, how deeply we grieve the stark reality that he can no longer come to you in the flesh. How gratefully we stand in the glorious truth that one day you WILL go to him!

On that day, countless more will join you around the throne, thanks to BJ's witness on earth and his lasting, and ever-increasing, legacy. Maranatha!

Sleep gently and sweetly, blanketed by all our prayers in pink,

Marti for the Pieper Family
Charleston, SC

At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOWIng the distance!! Dear God please be with this family as they keep gowing the distance!!

At 12:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

still praying and thinking of you guys so often. i'll be praying that you have a restful night tonight and are able to meet tomorrow knowing god's peace and joy even in the midst of your grief. i especially am continuing to pray for the girls, that they may get settled, not feel left behind or abandoned and be comforted. we love you and we continue to stand with you in christ.

At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pink will always have a special meaning to me now - everytime I see it, I think of BJ. One day at a time is all you can do, and praise the Lord for getting you through the first day. Deanna still has the classroom day ahead, but as you three experienced, He will see her through that as well. You remain in our prayers, Jerry and DeAnn

At 6:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beginning my day lifting your family up to the Lord. May He bring your heart joy, your body strength and your mind peace today.


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