We just wanted to say thank you to everyone who was able to attend Thatcher's memorial service, everyone who wrote on a card how Thatcher had impacted their lives, everyone who has donated to the Thatcher Caleb Memorial, and everyone who has prayed for Thatcher and continues to pray for us. We appreciate it more than you know, and more than our words can express. Below is the slideshow that was played during the service. (it's about 10 minutes long)
We have found encouragement in the words that were written on the scrap book paper, here are a few of the many that blessed our hearts:
"Thatcher changed the way I pray... All glory to our loving, sweet, faithful Jesus"
"It's so hard to find the right words to express the impact your son, Thatcher Caleb, has had on me and my family. Even through I never had the privilege to meet your precious angel, he has changed the way I think, pray and praise our lord! During the past 3 months I have found that I pray harder and turn to God much more quickly than before. How it it that an infant, an angel of God, has had such a perfect impact? It is because God is perfect and that is what I saw in baby Thatcher... perfection"
"God used His servant, Thatcher, in so many incredible ways.
- to unite a community in prayer and compassion
- to encourage my girls to use their gifts to bless others
- to soften our hearts for the 'least of these'
- to fight diligently for the things of the Lord
- to urge and mommy and daddy to seize every moment
- to hope in the Lord always
- to loosen our grip of earthly things, when the Lord calls us home"
"(from a 6 yr. old) I think Thatcher is sweet. I prayed for him a lot. I love him."
"Thatcher has showed me how precious life truly is. No matter how many days we are here on this human earth, we are capable of impacting millions. We can move mountains. He brought believers in Christ closer to God, and he has brought non-believers to their knees..."
Believe us, the list goes on and on, and don't get us wrong, this is not about what Thatcher did, this is about what God was able to do through our precious son. As the first one here says (and so many others) all glory to our God.
As parents, however, we have certainly found encouragement and hope in your notes as we can tangibly see the impact that God used Thatcher to make on this world. We'd love to hear from those who were not able to be there, it is truly incredible to see how God was able to use Thatcher's life to bring glory to God. We would love to hear specific stories of when God used Thatcher's life in your life. To be able to see exactly how God moved in a situation, or how God orchestrated a situation in which Thatcher's life and his story became a jumping point of talking about God's grace, or God's goodness, that's what we would love to hear about, that's what we as a church need to be observant of. We need to seek God's hand in everything, we need to seek His face, and attribute to Him the praise He deserves for what He is doing among us and in our lives.
With that said, we wanted to let everyone know that we are working on the Thatcher Caleb Memorial, we are trying to understand all the in's and out's that it entails in terms of paperwork and documentation and all that jazz, but more than that we are seeking God's will in terms of what our mission and goal will be, and how we go about achieving that. Please be patient with us as we seek God's will for the Thatcher Caleb Memorial, and please pray for us that we would be good stewards, and that we would be wise, and that we would honor God. And thank you so much to everyone who has donated!