How did you survive?
How did you forgive?
On duty as an ER nurse in 2002, I identified my son, Spencer, minutes after he was pronounced dead. He was the unintended target of a murder. I’ve been asked these two questions multiple times over the last 20 years. Not only have I survived, but I’ve had the privilege of watching God bring forth incredible fruitfulness through Spencer’s life and death. If you knew my son, despite his failings, you knew that he had a heart for souls, that he was a man of prayer, specifically for those, like him, who were once without hope. He’d say,
“Who will pray for them if I don’t?”
Forgiveness and faith. I did not realize then how much these two things touch God’s heart.
Say Yes, and open the door.
“I suspect it is what I can’t see that means the most. How so many lives that were broken, just like Spencer’s and mine too, surrendered completely into the hands of a loving Savior, discovering joyfully that our lives are not our own. We are His. Jesus is not an attachment; He is our breath, our life and our song.”
The Greater Weight of Glory
Yarmouth PD, Asst. DA’s Office, friends and family met to dedicate this stone and two benches to Spencer’s act of courage.
On January 27th, 2014 many gathered to remember Spence and celebrate the abundant harvest of souls and changed lives through Spencer’s testimony and the power of forgiveness.
A basketball tournament next to Spencer’s memorial started out small in 2005 and continues every July since, growing into a well-attended event that draws many youth and few “seasoned” ballers too .
The gospel is always presented with the Grand Prize!