This is just a part of the group that walked to support Todd. The name on our tee -shirts was "Todd's Team". There wasn't a brooding sense of sadness or fear. There was laughter and friendly chatter because God is good and because our son is an amazing young man.
The back of his shirt says "I Have M.S. That is why I walk." The tears fall as I look at this picture - tears of the deepest gratitude. I have cried so many tears, prayed so many gut-wrenching prayers, wished so often it could be me instead of him. He has the sweetest spirit and such a deep, deep love for the Lord.
Yesterday, he set a pace I found hard to match. He laughed and talked, and I thanked the Lord over and over again for answered prayer. My heart overflowed with joy just to see him walking sure and strong. How good and loving You are Father.
"O MY God,
Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects, my heart admires, adores, loves Thee, for my little vessel is a full as it can be, and I would pour out all that fullness before Thee in ceaseless flow.
When I think upon and converse with Thee ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up, ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed, ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart, crowding into every moment of happiness.
I bless Thee for the soul Thou has created,, for adorning it, sanctifying it, though it is fixed in barren soil; for the body Thou has given me, for preserving its strength and vigour, for providing senses to enjoy delights, for the ease and freedom of my limbs, for hands, eyes, ears that do Thy bidding; for Thy royal bounty providing my daily support, for a full table and overflowing cup, for appetite, taste, sweetness, for social joys of relatives and friends, for ability to serve others, for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities, for a mind to care for my fellow-men, for opportunities of spreading happiness around, for loved ones in the joys of heaven, for my own expectation of seeing Thee clearly.
I love Thee above the powers of language to express, for what Thou are to Thy creatures.
Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity."
From "The Valley of Vision"