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A Message from Mom

We (Pete’s family) have been pretty thoroughly trained by the nurses and therapists to care for Peter at home when the Lord opens that door. As we look forward to that day, I’d like to share with you what an unspeakable privilege it is for us to serve Peter at this point in his life.

Andrew and I were discussing the other night the blessing that Peter has been over the years to our family. We now realize what a consistent and strong encourager he’s long been to each one of us. I guess it began somewhat inadvertently way back when Pete was a toddler and a frequent tag-along to his older siblings’ activities. He’d smile, wave, and cheer them on at soccer games, violin lessons, recitals, and so on.

As he got older, Peter warmed to his own activities: Scouts, basketball, piano, speech and debate.  He’s always had his own life, secure in himself, with quite a list of his own accomplishments. But he never outgrew the role of family encourager.

So when Andrew moved up to Indiana to attend grad school, Peter drove up with him to move all his stuff up there. He has been out front as the family member keeping in closest touch with brother, making sure Andrew didn’t forget what an important part of the family he is even though he’s far away. When Caleb was making plans for marriage, Peter helped him prepare his new home for his bride. And when Beth went “off” to college, but kept living at home, Peter helped her with her chores at those frequent times she was weighed down with homework.

He’s been just as much an encourager to his parents and his church family. Since his accident, all sorts of jobs have had to be filled by others – things many of us weren’t even aware that Peter had been quietly taking care of: printing and folding bulletins early Sunday mornings, helping clean the church building, frying up breakfast early Saturdays with Doug for the mens book studies. (He never complained about not getting to sleep in on these Saturdays.) His service extended to many others in our church family; his broad shoulders have been used to help move a number of households. There is also a young boy of about 9 in our church (his parents don’t attend) who often sits with Peter because Peter takes such an interest in him and encourages him.

I guess a description that might paint the picture is this: Peter is like a classically educated Samwise Gamgee (from Lord of the Rings). He is always quietly helping someone else succeed. He’s brave when you are weak. He’s loyal when you’re discouraged. And if you get tired, he’ll help shoulder the burden. He just also happens to be a National Merit Finalist – a really smart kid. (Sorry, Sam.)

This is one of the many graces God has given our family in this challenging situation: it’s not at all hard to serve Peter. It’s always a blessing to get to serve one who has offered himself in service to the Lord and to others. Just as Peter has modeled service to us in the Lord, it’s easy for us to serve the Lord by serving Peter.

” . . . . But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. . . . I am among you as one who serves.”  Luke 22:26,27


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  1. Jackie
    September 18, 2010 at 5:22 am

    “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his
    steadfast love endures forever . . . who by understanding
    made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever . . .
    the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast
    love endures forever”(Psalm 136.1, 5, 9).

    as I am alone and awake here at midnight…i weep with you, sharing your love for Jesus and Peter with your servants heart tenderly inspires me. May God bless you more each minute

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