Then Jesus said to his disciples,
"If anyone would come after me, he must first deny himself and
take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life
will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
( Matt. 16:24 )
A Hero at Heaven's Doors
On this earth among us, a lot of men and women are
awarded for the way they have stood tall and helped
all. In times of war and in times of sorrows and woe,
there is often born a hero. We all look at these fellow
men and women and salute them for their
achievements and thank them for their service
to all humanity.
Today a hero that we all admire stands at heaven's
door and waits to receive his reward. To us he was
a son, a brother, he was a buddy. To each of us, he
filled a spot in our hearts that will never be filled
by any other. No one stood so tall - no one braved
the storm like Ricky did.
He met pain everyday and still greeted all of us
with a smile. Ricky never conquered the things
that a lot of us have; riding a bike, climbing the hill
just to roll down, fighting a battle in a far away war.
He never did these things but he did even more.
Ricky has fought battles we could never win.
So Yes He Was My Hero!
The day we lost this hero I spoke to his brother.
He told me that Ricky, his brother was the
strongest man in the world. I must agree! Today
a hero knocks on heaven's door, and he stands
tall with a new body and a big smile - for he
has walked the longest mile.
In Memory of My Hero
By Bradley Glaspell
The above tribute to Ricky was written by a young
friend who was deeply affected by both Ricky's life and
death, just as everyone who knew him was. Ricky's life
here on earth ended tragically this past summer when
his house caught on fire and the Fire fighters were
not able to save him.
I have come to know Ricky's family very closely
since Ricky's death, through the simple act of
reaching out in love to let them know they had plenty
of Christians praying for them. God has been faithful
in comforting them and giving them the strength
and courage to move on, knowing Ricky is now in
the presence of his Lord and Savior.
It is very easy to see that Ricky got his strength and
love from the same source as most of the rest of his
family. Everyone I've been fortunate to meet from
his grandmother, to his mom Linda, to his Aunts,
his brother Chris and nephew Isaiah, and his sister
Missy, all have so much love to share with everyone
else who comes into their life!
Ricky was truly in love with Jesus and drew his
strength from serving God and others. He loved to
praise His Lord and Savior, both at home and
at church. There was no wheelchair, or other
limitations that could distract his attention from
who he was in Christ!
Ricky is now spending eternity with the one he
lived to praise! Someday he'll be waiting to
welcome his family and friends who also know Jesus,
as Lord and Savior, and to introduce them to Him!!
What a reunion!!
As Ricky was always such an encouragement to
others, his first request to all who read this tribute,
would first be that all of you would please keep
his mother Linda, and sister Missy, (both pictured
below), as well as his brother Chris, nephew Isaiah,
and the rest of his family and friends in prayer, as
they've had an extremely trying time dealing with
heavens gain, and their loss.
Many of you can relate all to well to the pain of
losing someone dear to you. Each of you are in my
prayers also. I pray that you will also turn to God as
your source of comfort and strength!! If you need
someone to share your pain and loss with,
feel free to email at:
Love in Christ,
Evangelist Ken Godfrey
Your Cross Outreach Ministry
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