Memorial Service

Tomorrow I fly to Chicago for a memorial service for Chris at our old church, Church of the Resurrection. I’m dreading leaving the kids–pray for their hearts, please, and mine–but I have a deep sense that this will be an important step in the grieving process. Not only did Chris and I attend Church of the Resurrection in our dating, engaged, and married life together, forming life-long relationships in such formative years, but these are also the people with whom God had us when Chris was initially diagnosed. They sent us out seven and a half years ago when we moved down to Birmingham, and they sent us out five and a half months ago when we embarked on a different life-altering journey. I’m nervous to return, and I’m so so hungry to be there. The kids have chosen to stay close to home, and they will be well cared for, and while I don’t relish the thought of being apart from them, I do relish the thought of space and freedom to move around and be still and talk without interruption and drive alone in my rental car.

The service will take place at 6:00 p.m. CST on Sunday evening and will be streamed here for anyone who wants to watch.

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  7. Peter K.

    Sarah, I don’t believe you know me – my name is Peter and I worked with Chris back in the late 2000s doing some contract work at Willow Creek. I was reminiscing with some old coworkers about our time at Willow – well, I went to look Chris’s info up and was very saddened to learn about his passing. We all remember Chris as a hard worker, someone who brought great expertise to our video production work, and I remember him being a pretty funny guy, too. All the best to you and your family – we’re thinking about you in Chicago.

  8. Anonymous

    Oh, I’m disappointed! We missed the stream of the memorial. We only now just read this. Hope it was a great blessing for all!

  9. cynthia

    I’m praying for you and the kids. Safe travel for you and comfort and peace in all your hearts during this separation and always. I will see you Sunday.

  10. Antonio and Lori Carballo

    I pray this will be a healing time for you. Let your beloved friends bath you in love and care. Antonio and I continue to pray for you and your children. God bless you.

  11. Micah Thompson

    Praying for you, Sarah, and for all those attending this memorial service, that our Lord would place his hands upon it and truly bless your time together. Peace in Jesus Christ, Micah T

  12. Nancy Lodwick

    Thank you for keeping us posted. We’ll be praying for you and for your kids. Praying for a felt awareness of His presence and love.

  13. Becky Smith

    You and the Lord, driving to Chicago! Thanks to your friends there for streaming so we who love you here can be included. I continue to pray for your family, Ruthie reminds me so much of my granddaughter at that age. How precious they all are!


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