Friday, February 18, 2011
We were given Kevin as a last resort after he lost his mom in the Earthquake in January 2010. He came to live with us in August and he brought much joy and readjustment of priorities into our lives. The lady that found him after the earthquake could not care for him and he weighed just 13 pounds at age 3 when we got him. He had severe cerebral palsy and could not do anything for himself, but he had a smile that beamed and melted hearts.
Kevin managed to win over the hearts of all of our Haitian staff as well as any visiting missionaries that came to visit. He would just hang there on my arm and smile ear to ear as we would go about our work around the mission. I understand more than ever that every life is precious. Every person is a perfectly planned out piece in the mechanism of God's creation. Even though Kevin passed away today, I know his life made a difference. I know it did for a fact because it made a difference in me.
I have never felt like I could care for a special needs child. I never thought I had the patience or compassion. But I learned that God loves to use the least likely of techniques to change the things in us that need changing. As I helped build a coffin today to hold my little buddy and then washed and arranged his body before Joy and I dressed him for his burial, I could sense in my heart that God had done a work in me to help me love in a broader way and appreciate the sacredness of this fragile life we are given.
We buried Kevin today just 3 weeks after burying little Callie. It has only been 2 months since Daphne died in my arms in the same hospital where Kevin died. It is strange how death has such a profound affect on our view of life.
Joy reminded me as we were acting as funeral directors and dressing Kevin for his funeral, that children are a "gift" from the Lord. When we got Kevin he did not have a name. They never named him because his life did not seem to have a reason. But I praise God for the "gift" He gave us in little Kevin. I praise Him because it helps me appreciate the "gift" of all of our other kids- both Haitian and American. I pray that I never get to where I can let another day go by without TRULY cherishing my family and friends and the ones God has given us to minister to. Most of our lives are not as short as Kevin's but one day we will be just as gone as he is right now. I am reading a book right now that I recommend called "Outlive Your Life" by Max Lucado. I pray I can outlive my life in such a way that somewhere, in some way, some one can say that God used me to change something in them the same way that God used Kevin to change something in me.