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“Rachel Weeping for Her Children”

2006 December 22
by Mike

Please pray for me tomorrow (Saturday). I’ll be leaving early to go to Muleshoe, Texas, to do the funeral for a 19-year-old member of Highland whose family lives there.

The Sheets family is an amazing bunch. Kyle and Bernita had ten children. Tyler, whose funeral I’ll be doing, was the sixth.

Highland has remained something of a home base for the Sheets even after all these years. They left when Kyle was about 40 for him to go to medical school in Galveston. He now is a family physician in Muleshoe.

These are incredible kids — full of a passion for Christ. I know of at least one time the whole family went on a mission trip together to Africa.

It will be a blessing — albeit a painful one — to sit with the parents and the nine children tomorrow morning to listen to them talk about their son and brother. Please pray for me to have the composure to speak words of comfort and hope at 3:00 tomorrow afternoon.

Those of you who have a Facebook account can search for him at ACU and see many touching pictures of their family, including several of Tyler with his younger siblings from Tuesday.

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  1. December 22, 2006

    Mike..my heart breaks for this family. Yes, they are all precious. I will be praying for you and all who will be there with them. God bless…

  2. December 22, 2006

    Mike, This is so sad! Of course I’ll be praying for you, for travel mercies, and that the LORD grant you your constant prayer for the ‘gift of preaching” as you begin to speak to the family and loved ones of this young man. I cry for Highland too as we face yet another young life to mourn, that has been ended at such a tender age.

    My heart’s prayers for all touched by this tragedy, and for your strength and composure as you speak tomorrow.

    In His love, grace and mercy

    K

  3. December 23, 2006

    Wow! That sounds like a tough one. I’ll be praying for you. I know you will do well. For years when I did funerals it seemed like each time I was still burying my father because I spoke from my personal grief. The Lord will speak through your heart to bless this family. Don’t be afraid. “So we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. . . . There is no fear in love” (1 John 4:16, 18).

  4. December 23, 2006

    Mike,

    I will keep you in prayer today. However, I may not pray for your composure as much as I will for you to have the strength to speak while also expressing your emotion. My dad once told me before preaching a difficult funeral, “If you feel like crying, cry. If you need to break down, break down. Let those who are hurting know it is okay to hurt.”

    God’s blessings be upon you as grieve in the hope of Christ.

  5. mark s. permalink
    December 23, 2006

    We mourn for their loss and pray for the Sheets family as well as the Pinson family. Mike, may God give you the grace and strength needed to bring comfort at this difficult time.

  6. December 23, 2006

    Praying for you and their family right now.

  7. December 24, 2006

    It was meaningful to have you and dianne serve me communion this morning..thank you.

  8. December 24, 2006

    Mike, Bless you for bringing the pigeons to mind this morning. A beautiful Christmas Season message. Thank you! I agree with Diane, how did you manage to get through the reading of Tyler’s last email message to his mom and dad?

    Since it was impossible for me to get near you two during communion and missed you after services, my prayers for comfort with accompanying hug were sent with your beautiful wife.

    May your Christmas holiday be one of physical, emotional and spiritiual renewal. Praying for safe, uneventful travel for all of you!!

  9. December 24, 2006

    Mike, I am crying at the keyboard. The Sheets are amazing, wonderful people. I hope you were able to provide some comfort and hope for them during this time.

  10. The Sheets Family permalink
    December 24, 2006

    Mike, Diane, Steve, Jim, Highland family, the list goes on…. We as a family cannot come close to expressing how thankful we are for the love poured out on us. Mike, your message was perfect in its comfort to us and its tribute to Tyler, accurately portraying his life. Thank you all for your shoulders. When Papa suggested to us that you do the funeral, everyone in our family was in absolute agreement, and we were all so thankful to find that you were able to be here in this busy time.

    One week ago, Tyler made a CD. Tonight, we sat down to watch the slideshow that friends prepared for Tyler’s funeral. We thought the slideshow was a DVD with music, but it was a powerpoint. Landon started Tyler’s CD, we used his CD as the soundtrack. This is Tyler’s favorite song. When we listened heard this song tonight, we heard his voice through the words. These are his words to us.

    I hate to see you cry
    Lying there in that position
    There’s things you need to hear
    So turn off your tears
    And listen

    Pain throws your heart to the ground
    Love turns the whole thing around
    No it won’t all go the way it should
    But I know the heart of life is good

    You know, it’s nothing new
    Bad news never had good timing
    But, then your circle of friends
    Will defend the silver lining

    Pain throws your heart to the ground
    Love turns the whole thing around
    No it won’t all go the way it should
    But I know the heart of life is good

    Pain throws your heart to the ground
    Love turns the whole thing around
    Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood
    But I know the heart of life is good
    I know it’s good

    “The Heart Of Life” – John Mayer

  11. December 25, 2006

    To the Sheets family:

    Thinking of you all today. May God hold you in the hollow of his hand as you mourn and sustain you through the years of missing Tyler.

    Joyce in Grand Rapids, MI

  12. Kathy permalink
    December 26, 2006

    Thank you, Mike, for your tender, sweet words of comfort and peace at the funeral. Thank you for the wise words at the graveside to “receive everything as a gift” Thank you for leading Tyler’s favorite childhood song, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

    I continue to solicit the prayers of all your readers for the Sheets family, an incredible family who have blessed countless people and have spread kingdom seeds literally all over the world.

  13. January 16, 2007

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