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A different kind of happy birthday

Today is my brother's birthday. His 34th, or what would have been.

Just 6 1/2 years ago we were forced to say goodby to my big brother when he passed away suddenly from cardiomyopothy. A son, a brother, a husband, and a friend to many, gone with no warning. At the time, first comes absolute numbness, then the motions of counting the days, weeks, months, and now years. Emotions fluctuate, but in the moment time stands still, with no end in sight because the hurt is too much, yet here I am 6 years later, stronger, closer to my family, and somehow happy.

Yes, time helps the sharpness of the pain fade, but there is no doubt in my mind that it is God who does the healing. He is my source of strength who walks with me each day. He is the one I trust to work all things out for good despite the pain it costs. He gives me hope that there will always be brighter days ahead. He is the reason I can have joy amidst sorrow because of my faith in Him. 

Today I celebrate my brother's birthday. But it is a different kind of happy birthday. This day I am grateful for the blessing and joy my brother was to all of us. I remember the good times and hold the memories of him close to my heart. And today I acknowledge that because of Jesus Christ's victory over death there is always reason to celebrate and this time it is because I know I will see my brother again in eternity.

Happy Birthday Big Brother!




  1. Yes, it is a different kind of "34th" birthday for sure.
    I love the pictures, and your sentiments are written so well. Such great memories amidst the pain of missing our dear Kenton, but also such a great hope for when we will see him again.
    Thanks for sharing.