Seven years, a lifetime ago,
yet such a short time.
Seven signifies completeness, perfection,
healing, and the fulfillment of promises in the Bible.
When God called Tris home seven years ago,
his work on earth was complete.
We have felt the healing hand of God
many times, over the last seven years.
We have seen the promises of God
fulfilled time and time again.
There is perfection in the imperfection,
knowing God is in control.
The Bible identifies seven men as being
“A man of God.”
They were men filled with a willingness to serve
and a desire to follow and obey God.
Tris lived his life as a man of God.
He had a servant’s heart,
always willing to take time for people.
He lived life joyful, big, and loud,
giving his time and talents for the benefit of others.
He followed faithfully after God’s heart.
Seven colors complete the rainbow,
God’s beautiful promise to us so long ago.
When a rainbow appears today,
we stand in awe and remember
God’s ever-present faithfulness in our grief.
We hear the music in the air,
we feel the spirit of God move.
He is with us, He is for us,
and over all these long years,
He has never left our side.
Seven years of missing,
of adjustments, tears, and heartache.
Seven years of also knowing God’s goodness
in a way we had never known before.
Seven years of learning
to completely rely on and trust,
of growing, becoming more like Jesus.
For seven years we have walked a road
we would never have chosen for ourselves
but through it all, Jesus walked with us.
On that final day of days,
when the seven trumpets sound
and God wipes away all our tears,
we will be complete in Him, knowing like Tris,
we have run this long, rugged race
and faithfully finished our course.
I miss you always.
‘til the morning.