Sunday, October 21, 2007

Happy Birthday, Reid

Today Reid is 21 years old. For those of you who know him, you recognize these hands of a gentle, yet strong and powerful young man. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of meeting him, let me introduce him to you. Reid was born at 23 weeks of gestation to our dear friends, Drew and Diane. His tiny body suffered from a brain bleed when he was just 6 weeks old and he developed cerebral palsy. I knew his parents long before he was born and admired them more than they knew, simply because of their love for Jesus and for one another. However, my admiration for them only grew as I watched them, in faith, embrace the trials they walked through after Reid's birth. His sisters are among the most compassionate and joyful young ladies I know. I can't adequately express the gratitude I have for all that I have learned from this sweet family. The testimony of God's faithfulness in their lives has been a source of strength to me during some very dark hours in my life. How does one say thank you for that? Several weeks ago I felt compelled, almost "called", to photograph Reid. My hope is that they, and those of you who read this blog, would be blessed by these pictures of this young man and be reminded of the scripture from 1 Corninthians 1:27 "God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.....Let one who boasts, boast in the Lord."
You can read more about Reid here

and here.

Happy Birthday, young man. You are one of my heroes.

With much love,



Drew said...

I'm simply undone. Thank you Jean for your love for Reid and us.

Anne said...

Thank you, Jean, for the lovely tribute to Reid (and Drew and Diane)! Brings back so many memories!

4522=Glab said...

blessed ... by this amazing family and your post.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a very appropriate tribute -- I thought of the verse that says "(men) of whom the world was not worthy" I would put Drew, Diane and their family in that category. Nancy

Jim Pemberton said...

I regularly read Drew's blog over at Xanga. It has long been my conviction that God gives us Reid and others like him as a blessing to us to teach us who Christ is and make us more like Him.