In Memory of
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
We are weeping with one of our own as she weeps over her child, lost to her until she sees him again in glory.
We can only imagine what it must be like to lose a child. Occasionally, I have dreamed about such a thing and wake up in a cold sweat, heart pounding and tears running down my cheeks. This is only the tip of the iceberg to what the Stephenson family must be feeling as they deal with the tragic loss of their 16 year old son, Seth. My heart goes out to Muffy; and I and all who know and love her family mourn with her as she grieves.
Over the past three days, EMT and other “first responders” had been searching for Seth and his friend, Noah Hooper, in and around the Quemado Lake in New Mexico. The Stephenson family had gone together, as they do every year, to volunteer at a Camp for the deaf on the lake. Sunday the two boys disappeared. They were good swimmers and had been ‘island hopping’ on the far side of the lake.
Wednesday morning, divers pulled two bodies from the west end of the lake. It was confirmed that these were Seth and Noah.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
The Stephenson family has 7 other children who all loved their sweet, gentle, big brother, Seth. He was Muffy’s ‘#1’ when dad was away. They are a single income family and home educate their children with Muffy as their teacher, resource librarian, lab partner, program director and homemaker. In addition, several years ago they had buried another child – a still born baby. This family has had their share of tragedy.
Vista Hills Home School Ministries is privileged to have Muffy and her family as part of our encouragers. Now we are coming together to support their family through this ordeal. We need to raise money to help them bury Seth and perhaps cover any other peripheral expenses. Even in my dreams, the death of a child paralyzes. I am sure that is what Muffy and Mark are feeling. Their world as they know it has ended. If there is any way that we can help them through this, we want to do it.
If you feel led, please donate any amount to the Stephenson’s fund. It takes a lot to have a funeral. We would like Seth to have a good one – one that will help the family have closure and be able to grieve. In addition, please continue to pray for this family. It will be a long healing process. Thank you. -- Sheila
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
Confess your faults one to another, andpray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16