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Chris Fabry
Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Monday, August 1, 2011
Death seems like such a formidable foe. Big and scary and final. It feels very much like the end in so many ways.

But it's not. I know that from what God has revealed to us. I know it in my heart. But knowing that in your head is the problem because what we see isn't the total truth. Yes, death is an end. It's separation. It's painful.

But it's also a beginning.

We're going through that with my father now. At 91, his mind and body are failing. It could be days. It could be weeks. But the end is near. And it hurts. Death seems to be all around us. I have a feeling that's not going to change. The illusion is that life just continues as it is and as it has been, but we're smacked with reality from time to time.

I was searching for some encouragement and received this email from a listener. I thought it might encourage you. If you're going through grief and trying to understand, this parent's perspective says it all.


Chris,

My son, CPL Frank R. Gross, was killed in action in Afghanistan July 16. The Humvee he was riding in hit an IED. While it has been difficult for this family, I am thankful to God for the 25 years that we enjoyed with our son. He fulfilled all of the qualifications of a good son, and he did that well.

Last night, I struggled with some differing thoughts...I have friends who believe that my son's life was cut short, that the enemy took his life....however, I opened my Bible....the place I turn to for words of truth...a place where God reveals Himself to me and draws me to Him...and read these precious words: Ps 139:13 "For You created my inmost being, You knit me together in my mother's womb.......16 All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.", and then I turned to Ps 31:14-15 "But I trust in You, O Lord, I say, "You are my God" 15 My times are in Your hands...".

I believe in and trust in the sovereignty of God, I have hope and faith that I will one day join my son and all those who have gone on before me who trusted their lives to God.

I enjoy listening to your program on 91.1 Tampa Bay, FL.

Toni Gross

The attached photo above (lone soldier) is of Frank as he graduated from basic training, Ft. Benning, GA, July 2010. My daughter and I picked that one.


The other(the final mission) is one that my son created just before he died. All of his artwork up until this piece had been gloomy, but this was the first and last one that he did that wasn't....perhaps he knew in his spirit that he would be going home soon?

2 comments:

zimbousa said...

Chris I have written to you b4 about our son Brendon. He was dying of cancer. WE as parents knew it and when he fell into a coma we then had to prepare ourselves for the end. We still had faith that God could do the miracle. I do know that in the final hours B was fighting to stay alive yet wanting to go. Our grief begun when the major diagnosis came right before he died. WE could not believe that he was going, it was too soon.

Now B is in heaven with his eternal creator. We are still grieving almost 3 years later. Our lives have moved in a different direction, and not moved on the same way we were going. People do not understand grief in the USA sometimes as life is too fast and folks don't give themselves time or others to grieve. God wants us to take the time to remember the good and the bad times and then we gradually remember the better times more. I could not call you I would cry too much.

Molly Olivier said...

Ms. Cross should produce this will the help of Moody to be something that is sent out to families of the faith who have lost their loved one in the war! Death even though sad and lonely for everyone, the Christian has hope in the Resurrection! I just love this picture and what it represents, a release and a way home! Just a thought!

Molly Olivier