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Walking With Devin

6February2013

We knew the day was coming for months.  Ethan had been close and I’m certain he would have been able to earlier—he just needed the right motivation.  That motivation came in the form of a young man, Devin, and a plastic toy putter.  Ethan was about 14 months old and he was still seeking to take his first steps.  Devin, my cousin, had established a close bond with Ethan during our week at Camp Calumet in New Hampshire.  The two of them were playing in the lodge before lunchtime.  Devin handed the toy putter to E and he took a half step to grab it.  Devin took a step back and Ethan walked with a look of pure accomplishment on his face.  It was a proud moment for this dad—and it was a joy to see the delight in Ethan’s face and in Devin’s.

Last week I was in the New England area again.  This time, I was there for the funeral of Devin.  He died suddenly.  Tragically.   Too soon.  He was 18 years old.  The boy who taught my boy to walk is now at rest.

While we were at the church during the calling hours I was amazed at the sheer number of people that came to offer condolences and sympathies.  We shared stories, laughter, and tears—as we all do at such difficult times.  I watched as Devin’s teammates and classmates walked past his casket.  I listened as adults spoke of this young man who was more mature than many twice his age.  I was blown away as teams from other schools in the area came to pay their respects to their opponent.  I sat in the sanctuary and listened as stories were shared.  I especially liked the idea of throwing paper airplanes off the balcony—nice Devin!  My soul resonated as I heard, again, the hope of Jesus.  And I give thanks because I know this is the Lord that Devin loved!

I am quite certain that my son is not the only one that Devin taught to walk.

“If we walk in the light as He himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7

Who is teaching you to walk?  Are they showing you how to walk in the light—the Light of the World?  As is the case with my son when he was 14 months old—we all need to find the right teacher.  The right mentor.  Devin’s life was a lesson in walking in the Light.  Did you learn from him?  Maybe you didn’t know Devin—but you know someone.  Who do you know that lives in the bright and glorious light of Jesus?  Let them teach you how to walk.

Thanks, Devin, for teaching me how to walk…

SMN@CCD

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