Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A tough week, but we made it through

Well, we made it through one of the toughest weeks we knew we'd ever have to face after Amanda was killed, a week that culminated with the Vilonia High School class of 2011 graduation. Other than her 18th birthday, graduation was one of the topics Amanda talked most about. She was killed four days before her birthday and four months before her graduation.

We were blessed to be able to honor her memory at Saturday's ceremony. The picture you see here is how she was remembered. An empty chair was reserved for her, and Janice and I were allowed to choose what went in that chair. Her gown was draped across the back of the chair. A single red rose in a vase, one of her senior pictures, her class ring, and a poem written by her friend were placed in the seat.

We would all have much preferred Amanda being there, but that wasn't possible. For reasons we cannot understand, she's no longer with us and we are left to complete the tasks God has for us here on Earth without her. Saturday, we remembered her at the graduation ceremony. Today, and every other day God leaves me here on Earth, I will continue to remember her through the work we do at Running with Amanda.

Thank you all! All who read these posts, all who follow us on Facebook and Twitter, all who have donated to St. Jude, Arkansas Children's Hospital, and Soaring Wings Ranch, and all who have shared our posts and our pages with friends. Our reach and our impact is growing rapidly, and that would not be possible without all your support!

Please help us continue to Reach, Raise, and Remember. You can help us Reach people for Jesus by sharing our Facebook page, emailing our posts here to your friends in your address book, and leaving comments on our Facebook page and these blog posts. You can help us Raise money for charity by choosing one of the charities we support and making a donation today. You can help us Remember Amanda by doing all the above.

We're grateful for all you do to help us accomplish our mission. In a little more than two months, we've raised $2,136.17. Almost 700 fans are following us on Facebook, and this website has had over 6200 hits. We've heard stories from readers who are turning their lives around, back to Jesus, after reading here. None of that would be possible without you.

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me."--2 Corinthians 12:9

Another thing. All you've helped us accomplish keeps us going. Amanda's death was the hardest blow I've ever been dealt. I've been hit, kicked, crushed, smashed, stomped, and trampled, but the death of my daughter hit me harder than any of that. This week was as bad as it's been in a while. But all you're helping us accomplish here is helping us continue to put one foot in front of the other, to keep moving forward.

Thank you for that. May God bless and keep you all as we continue to run with Amanda.

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  1. The first year is so hard... so many firsts. so sorry you have to go through all of this. This was a very significant day and I think you did very well. I hope and pray you are surrounded by friends who love you. Bless you.

  2. Thank you Reverend. God has certainly blessed us with an abundance of friends and family who care about us and love us. That's definitely been a source of energy throughout this ordeal.


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