Peace and love to you all.
It's Monday now. We're all back to work and are beginning our shift into what will pass as our normal lives from now on. It's a strange feeling and a bit empty, but we will continue to grow and heal together and with you all.
On behalf of my entire family, I want to extend our unending, bottomless gratitude to each and every one of you. We have enough food to feed multiple armies stuffed into our fridge. We have what feels like the entire cardstock of Hallmark in a bowl on our table where we can read thoughts and prayers and wishes filled with kindness. We have been constantly and, it feels, permanently surrounded by the love and support of thousands of people.
In short, we are not alone and have never once felt that we are. As we enter this new time in our lives, there will be times where we will. I know it, my brother knows it, and my mom knows it. There will be tears, yes, but there will be laughter. There will be moments of sadness, but there will be days of telling stories and going for walks around the block and simply living. We may feel alone but we can just look at all the love that we have received over the past month or so and we can recognize that we still are covered with the grace and support from everyone in our lives, not to mention that of God the Father.
This weekend brought us closer to people than we have been in a long time, and we are so thankful for the opportunity. As sad as the entire time has been, there has been happiness and I choose to focus on those moments.
This blog is going nowhere. I made a promise to many people at the service that Randy is not going away from your lives. He may not be here with us physically, but his memory and stories of his life will live on for as long as we can share them. He was as much a part of all your lives as he was of ours and I, for one, am going to ensure that continues.
As always, I'm going to leave you with a prayer, this time of gratitude.
God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace in all things, I want to thank you for the gift of life, for the breath that sustains life, for the food of this earth that nurtures life, and for the love of family and friends without which there would be little happiness in life. I thank you for the beauty of creation of this great Earth, for the joy that the ear may hear, for the unknown that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder, and for the expanse of space that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves. Everything in my life, and the life that surrounds me was drawn and created by Your own hand. For this, I am grateful. Amen.
Love to you all,
Aaron, Adam, and Cheri
After 43 years of ministry, Randy Cross lived his "fourth life" and shared about retirement, living boldly and intentionally in our world. To be sure, there was some North Dakota thrown in.