Fly to Jesus....And Live!
In Memory of our wonderful son, Christopher, who ended his pain and left us on January 22, 2019, at the age of 14.
Born: December 8, 2004 in Springdale, AR to birth mom Sarah Guthrie Lawrence
Died: January 22, 2019 in Spartanburg, SC
Student at Boiling Springs Middle School, Boiling Springs, SC
Member of Encounter Church Youth Group. Lover of all things to do with fishing!
We love you and miss you so much and will always regret that we couldn't help you with your pain; that we missed the signs that this was coming, that you weren't really better even though you said you were. You were so loved and cherished by your family and friends. I look forward to the day we see your smiling face! I know you are healed and free in the presence of God and that He never left you alone in your darkness as you made the decision to leave. Angels were there to carry you home. It has been 3 1/2 years and the sadness does not go away - the grief is always there. But we have found times of joy in the middle of our sorrow and we have surrendered you to Jesus. I know you never meant to hurt us, or your family, or friends, or your girlfriend. You just wanted the pain to stop and you weren't thinking about the permanent consequences of that impulsive decision.
We have poured our grief into trying to get help for other kids like you through getting Hope Squads established in the schools. You left but maybe another will decide to live if they can get the intervention and help they need. I was so proud of you when I found out you had intervened and stopped a younger boy from being bullied at school and you became his friend and looked out for him. His mom shared that with us after you died.
We will always love you and miss you and anticipate the day we will see you again. You are an overcomer and are now victorious in Jesus over all the issues you were struggling with. I wanted you to overcome here in your earthly life, but I am thankful you are no longer struggling and in emotional pain. We are proud of you and treasure the 14 years you had on earth and the 13 years you were with us and all the wonderful memories. We were and are proud to call you our son. You were my "Punkie" until you made me stop calling you that! You were such a cute and beautiful boy and grew to be such a handsome young man.
I love you so much, Christopher.
Fly High, Chris - Until I see your smiling face again,
"His Light Shines in the darkness...And the darkness can never extinguish it" (John 1:5)
Carry on, my wayward son- Kerry Livgren (Kansas)
There'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more