We were honored to get to share Gabriel’s story with our church family in a video recently. One of the pastors asked us a couple of months ago if we would be up for sharing Gabriel’s story and our journey in the form of a video. We knew immediately that we had to do it, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hesitant. We didn’t feel like we had to do it because we felt pressured or because we really wanted to do a video, but rather, because we have been praying since the very beginning — since the day we found out — that God would use this for good and that He would be glorified in all of this. He can certainly use it for good and be glorified without us doing a video, no question of that, but we felt like we had to be willing and open in this way.
So while it was nerve-wracking for me to think about so many people watching our video, once it was made and shown, I didn’t even think about it. The people we got to work with were just the best and made it so easy for us. Tommy and I talked a lot about how surprised we were that they asked us to share our story. Obviously, what’s going on is a big thing, but I think since it is our lives, we have just gotten used to it and tend to get tunnel vision. It was a very humbling experience for us to get to share with the body of Christ in this way. It’s been incredibly humbling to hear back that the video has encouraged others who have walked similar paths, have terminal diagnoses, or are going through something else hard in life. Wow, to think Gabriel’s life is having that kind of impact is certainly a huge blessing to these parents!
So here is our video that was shown during the church services on Sunday, April 14th. [I think it will play on the blog here, but if not you can copy and paste the link into your browser to view the video.]