Friday, August 5, 2011

"He is no fool to give what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." Jim Elliot

I went to a memorial today for a young man in our church,  Chandler Jimmy Brazell.  Jimmy was only 19,  but his life was full to the brim in those few years. 
I regret to admit,  I did not get to know him very well.  He traveled quite extensively the last two years that we have been in church together and to tell you the truth,  I did not think we would have much in common to talk about.  Jimmy had lots to talk about,  I am the poorer for not getting to know this amazing young man better.
Today,  I watched and heard grown men talk of how he communed with them about the things of God,  young men how he challenged them to live pure lives,  being the image bearer of Christ.  How he brought others to a richer relationship with their saviour,  how he meditated on scripture before bed each night that was written on the slats above his bunk:). 
 I love what Mavis told me about him coming out to their fort at our church and telling all the kids a funny story about when he was a child. How when he was staying with his grandparents he looked into the bathroom drawer for his toothbrush and found a drawer of glass eye balls looking back at him!  His grandfather had a glass eye evidently:).  How he took time to speak to Henry and play around with him.
We heard testimony from students in China that had the privilege of having Jimmy be their English teacher this year.  A flight attendant on his China flight was touched by this young man and had a letter for his mom and dad that Jimmy had written on his flight back to the states,  8 pages!  He felt Jimmy had given it to him to give to his parents one day just in case God called him home.  Amazing that this flight attendant knew about the accident and was able to contact the Brazell's.  So much more could be said about this young man but I know he would want all the glory to go to Christ,  as it certainly should.  Praise your name,  Oh Holy Father for giving us this light in our path.  Jimmy is now in your presence,  we will see him again.
his life verse:                     Psalm 16:11
  "You make known to me the path of life;  in Your presence there is fullness of joy,  at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." 

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like he lived life to the fullest and for the One who matters most! Heaven is rejoiceing!