In Honor of Meghan Leigh Russell

Meghan Leigh Russell – 2 November 2005 @ 6:18p

I never got the chance to meet Meghan Leigh, but I can tell you that from what I know of her many brother’s and sister’s that she was one beautiful person. She would have grown up in such a loving and godly home, but for some reason God decided that He wanted her up in heaven instead.

So here I sit with my feeble attempt to honor a life that unfortunately never had the opportunity to see the light of day or be held by her older siblings. I can not even begin to imagine the pain that Kristan and Dale are feeling, nor their children. My heart breaks for the Russell family as they grieve the loss of their beautiful little girl.

It seems just such a short time ago that I figured out that Kristan was pregnant with what was gonna be child number 8, as I had done with child number 7. I remember going to see Joe play at his soccer game not long after that and laughing with her at the idea of how crazy it was that she was gonna have her 8th kid. The Russell family is very close to me and Kristan is like a sister to me in many ways. I was the youth pastor of her 3 oldest boys and the eldest’s mentor.

I guess there is nothing more I can say, but I think of the song by Kathy Traccoli called “A Baby’s Prayer”, and though the songs intent was for a different purpose I can’t help but think of the last lines of the song….

On the days when she may think of me
Please comfort her with the truth
That the angels hold me safe and sound
Cause I’m in Heaven with you
I’m in Heaven with you

That is my prayer also as the Russell’s deal with the loss of Meghan Leigh. God, please remind the Russell’s that she is safe and sound with You. I love you guys!

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Kim, father to Hannah & Caleb, and the connections pastor at The River Church. The thoughts expressed here are my own and not The River Church's.

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