Friday, May 8, 2015

Tribute to Fritz

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 
Proverbs 4:18.

Is it OK if I just ramble a little bit this morning? Today is my birthday and I have so much to celebrate! I am so thankful for all God has shown me and the path that He has lead me down. Heart aches and all. 
Last night I got a facebook message from a sweet young lady who became part of our family as a teenager. She was always one of the kids' favorite babysitters and attended every youth group event and mission trip we ever took. When Kathryn was in kindergarten we were planning a party for her 6th birthday. Guess who was tops on the guest list....Keri (who was 18 at the time). Now the two of them share an alma mater as graduates of Radford University.
Keri is now married with two girls of her own and is a school teacher at Farmington Elementary School in Culpeper. This is the same school where Fritz taught for several years before going into youth ministry. (Same school where Fritz taught Nancy's son Brian when he was in the 6th grade. And the same school where Sharon taught before leaving teaching to pursue another path.)
So when Keri sent me a link to the newspaper article that featured her story of becoming 'teacher of the year' my heart leaped for joy. And I was so blessed to read her words giving tribute to Fritz. His birthday falls on Mother's Day this year. I can't wait to share this story with his mom and dad who will certainly be blessed as well. They knew Keri like a grand-daughter. 
His life lives on, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
We continue down the path of life even when its hard, knowing we can place our hope and trust in the Light of world and we will not walk in darkness but in the light of life. 
Let your eyes look straight ahead, 
fix your gaze directly before you. 
Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.

Proverbs 4:25,26