Cousin, Jeff related to me on both sides of my family...one of my few double cousins. I've known Jeff all my life. He went to be with the Lord this week, I know my God is real and that he is there ripping and running for JOY totally healed.
15 years ago he survived a car accident that left him to lead a lif eof a quadraplegic, similar/same injury as the famous Christopher Reeves. But Jeff was different, he became a minister and ministered to everyone he came in contact with. Instutitional living is hard, hard on the body, mind and soul, but Jeff had support, he had a devoted mother who has taught me to NEVER, EVER to give up on your child. His children, his church, his cousins, aunts and uncles have been there.
I last spent time with him Fourth of July 2009 at our family reunion. Nothing made him happier than to be with family. I was so touched by how his cousins stepped right up and learned how to transport him and take hime where ever he wanted to go. We were blessed that he was with us for as long as he was, he didn't have the money and exposure Christopher Reeves had, he had something greater, he had Jesus Christ. The sheer mental anquish would have been enough to crush me. I thought of him ofter when I was having hard times, I thought, " his God is my God and if his God can motivate and strengthen him, he can do the same for me".
I can't be there for his homegoing and that hurts, but I don't have to be, because I know he's perfectly healed in his new home, although we miss him here, he's finally where he wanted to be, I have no doubt whatsoever.
Jeff you surely lived out Jeremiah 29:11, God has a purpose and a plan for your life.