Thank you for all of your comments on the previous post. I agree totally that the not knowing what happened to your child is probably worse than knowing she is dead. I cannot fathom either how anyone could do this to a child innocently on her way to school, or riding his bike, or watching t.v. on a cold winter night. I saw the Dateline episode with Sean Hornbeck again yesterday and marvel and rejoice with his parents, as well as Elizabeth Smart's, and now Jaycee's. Miracles still do happen. I agree also that Jonelle is probably with Jesus - but I do wish her parents could know what happened to her. Also JonBenet Ramsey's family.
All of this talking of lostness and foundness has led me to sharing about Kevin. Remember this post about when he got lost at the Pet and Doll Parade when he was 4? That was so frightening, and the thoughts that went through my mind about never finding him still can bring shivers.
Then we lost him in a completely different way. He and I wrote his story, which is on my sidebar. Most of you have been with me through that time of rejoicing over his return from Teen Challenge, transformed by God. (The pictures disappeared when I went private and panicked, and cancelled my Flickr account - unfortunately! But the text is still there, I believe).
You were with me when I took him to the airport to return to the program and wrote this post when I got home. I know many of you continue to pray for him daily, and it means so much to us.
Kevin has been spending his time in Maine learning where things went wrong in the three years since he got home from the last round. His wife has struggled greatly with all of this, but they are communicating again. He felt it was life or death for himself to get back into TC. He is growing and learning every day. I love his letters. And we enjoy a short phone call once a week.
I included a picture in the last post I linked - it was from when he got home from TC the first time, and his eyes were so bright and he looked so happy and full of optimism. I said in that post that I look forward to the day I see those bright eyes shining again. He sent us this picture the other day - he had it taken for Sema in honor of their 8th anniversary, though they are not together (don't you just love the white feet?) I'm seeing hope there again.
He also sent me the name of this song, which describes how he's feeling. I hope you can take the time to listen to it. And to continue praying for him as he seeks God's will for his future, once he finishes. He is 1/3 through this phase of the program, which means he can have company, or he can come home for a short visit. I want to go out there, but would love to see him home too. I don't know if he can do both. Please also add Sema (her cyber name), to your long list of needs.