I am no longer the things of my past...I am the daughter of the Great I AM.

Exodus 3:14
And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'"
2 Corithians 6:18
I will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Tale of Two Nephews

In the time span of just over eight years, Jason and I have had two nephews go home to heaven. The first, was quick. A rainy day car wreck took the life of our 12 year old nephew Hamp. The second was a long fought battle. Cancer took the life of our 30 year old nephew Daniel. Our hearts break for our loss, but more so for the loss felt by their parents, siblings, grandparents, and in Daniel's case, his spouse.

Hamp died in February 2003. This young man had a heart of gold, a love for life, and yes, just a slight mischievous nature. One of the things I admire most about Hamp, is that he was a great friend. He didn't make friends based upon outward appearance or status. Instead, he looked to the heart of the person. He impacted the lives of many children just by being a friend.

Daniel just passed away on Friday. He battled cancer for over four years. Daniel was an amazing man of faith and strength. Throughout this battle, he never gave up, and he never turned from God. We watched as his body grew weaker, yet his faith grew ever stronger. Through his suffering he ministers to so many.

I am blessed to have had both of these young men as my nephews. I thank God for the fond memories, and lessons I glean from them. Though my heart aches, I truly rejoice for both of these men. I look forward with assurance to the day that I will see them again.


  1. Thankful that both your nephews are now resting in a city that is brillant light .. full of love and life. Prayers going up for you and your family. I lost my oldest son who at the time was only 22, in 1996, in an automobile accident.
    You may be interested in creating a memorial for both or Daniel who just entered the gates of Heaven. If I may light a candle for Craig to let me know you have visited the site. If you have any questions please just ask me. I have created four of them. The site I am sharing is my son's memorial page.
    God Speed

  2. Kerry,

    That was a simply beautiful tribute to both of your nephews. I'm continuing to pray for your family! -Jody-

  3. My heartfelt sympathy for your family in the loss of Daniel. My enthusiastic rejoicing with you at the sure knowledge that he is home!

  4. Hamp was a great child. I think heaven is better with him there.