This morning I wonder how Mathias might have changed the world if only we'd worked harder to find the right treatments for him. I wonder how the future of a boy so compassionate, so brave, so full of character could have helped to heal the world if only we could have healed him. Then I remember that Mathias only needed just a short time - a handful of hours with me - to teach me what one person can do to change the world. Mathias had his turn to make the world better and he was a champion. He is leaving us to our turn. Our God has called us off the bench, friends. Our turn. We're up.
This week Kyle's Kamp will host a Holiday Shop for patients at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Falls Church. We have been overwhelmed with gift donations for children of all ages and for moms and dads as well. Patients with appointments will be welcomed to shop (free of charge) for a gift for each of their family members and of course, will choose something for themselves. Volunteers will wrap and tag the gifts for the patients and send them home with packages to give to their families. I look forward to spending this week and most especially this day, when are hearts our heavy with the memory of our friend, among the brave and beautiful children fighting cancer in our area.
Mathias, I cannot promise that in this 2nd year of a world without your example that there will not be times that I will be terrified and weary. But, today I am ready. Today I will choose hope and faith. Today I will work hard in my little corner of the world to make it as it should be, as it could be. You taught me well, friend.