The next day as I was mowing my yard, I was pondering about Greg and feeling that I still needed closure in my heart. I had things I wanted to tell his family. As I finished the backyard to start mowing the front, my husband came out and handed me my cell phone. I was overjoyed, hopped off the mower, ran in to brush my hair and spray perfume to cover up any gasoline fumes on me, grabbed my husband and camera and out the door we went.
Greg's mother, two sisters and brother-in-law were at his apartment to clean it up.
I walked up to the mother and she hugged me long and hard. I met the sisters for the first time this day.
They were precious, gracious, sweet people. . .just like our Greg.
Keith and I were able to share wonderful memories of Greg with his family, they had questions that we were able to answer and shared with them that not only I, but others were coming out of their comfort zones to begin a homeless outreach ministry in our town and I believed many others will be helped in one way or another and it is because of Greg and his willingness to share himself and his story.
Greg is leaving behind a new understanding for our community toward the homeless and because of his stories, others are going to reach out and touch.
I fully expected to see another rainbow in the sky, but this day was sunny. I still had the other rainbow in my heart and more importantly, I had my Lord's promises that He would always be with me, He would uphold me, that all would be well in His time. And Greg is now experiencing the promise of being in his new home with Jesus.
I also have Greg in my heart and know he is seeing much more than rainbows. He is with the rainbow maker.
I can't wait for them to show me around :)
I made a promise to Greg that I would share his story and the stories of others. I told him that he and the others had a sweet soul and that touched him. He said he had never heard anyone say that of the homeless. He kept bringing it up and saying to me, "Show the people the sweet souls of us."
My Lord and Savior keeps His promises, one way or another.
I will keep my promise to Greg, one way or another.