Lindsay's 33rd Birthday and the 10th Wedding Date Anniversary...
Beautiful Lindsay standing in awe of the splendor of God's creation. She truly, truly appreciated the beauty of nature.
Today is Lindsay's birthday. She would have turned 33. Ten years ago she would have turned 23 today and would have been eagerly anticipating her wedding in 2 days! Here is what the wedding announcement looked like:
I still find it truly devastating that this day never came to fruition for them. Something she and Jason were both so excited about was stolen from them... for no reason whatsoever. They had no enemies. Whoever took their lives was a coward with a sick desire to kill. I pray every day for justice for Jason & Lindsay but also for the soul of their killer. While I despise what he did... God still loves him. God offers mercy to everyone in the form of salvation in Christ. But to receive that, we have to humble ourselves before Him, confess our sins, take responsibility for them and then humbly receive the mercy of salvation through Christ.
Recently, I read an article about the brutal murders of actress Sharon Tate and several of her friends back in 1969. In that case too, the victims were completely innocent. They had done nothing to deserve what happened to them. Members of Charles Manson's cult committed these brutal murders upon his command. After Manson and the killers were caught, convicted and sent to prison, some of the killers had become extremely remorseful for what they had done and deeply regretted their role in the murders. Their remorse led to them turning to God for forgiveness and then accepting Christ... and they completely turned their lives around! While they will never get out of prison in this lifetime, they have found freedom for their souls in the forgiveness and redemption in Christ... and they have been given an eternity of freedom in heaven. What they did was abhorrent and completely evil... but God still forgave them. God showed mercy. One of the killers, Charles "Tex" Watson, even started a prison ministry that thrives to this day! Here is the website:
I think this is completely awesome! Out of something completely evil, God brought something beautiful. He does that often and he has done that in the aftermath of Jason & Lindsay's murders in so many ways! It would bring me great joy to see their killer have a transformation like this. For their killer to turn his life around, accept responsibility for his actions (which would lift a huge burden from his shoulders) and then dedicate his life to Christ... that would be the greatest outcome! I pray that does happen. If he is still alive, this is a possibility.
In honor of Lindsay's birthday and her memory, let us all remember her beauty... both inside and out. Let us all pray for her family & Jason's family as they live through the 10th anniversary of her birthday (since her death) and the upcoming 10th anniversary of what would have been her & Jason's wedding. Let us all give praise to God for His gift of forgiveness and salvation and His ability to bring beauty from ashes... light out of darkness... restoration and healing out of brokenness... and joy out of sorrow. Lindsay lived her life in a way that honored God. I will forever remember that every time I think of her. What a beautiful soul!
Lindsay at Rock-N-Water, 2004
Here is a sweet poem that Lindsay's mom wrote for the memorial service in California last month:
Jason and Lindsay
They were so young and full of life, Just days away from becoming husband and wife.
Taking God's love to a faraway place, Doing what they enjoyed, full in His grace.
Sharing the Word, a hug and a smile, To children who hadn't known that in a while.
Daring to do what God required of them, Fearless, adventurous, sold out for Him!
Ten years have passed since that horrific day, They live on in our lives in an amazing way.
So many loved ones gather here on Fish Head Beach, Because our hearts want to feel within Your sweet reach.
I thought this mother's heart would just crumble to pieces, But then I found that the Holy Spirit shows a love that never ceases.
What Satan meant for evil desires and lies, God has turned into more spiritual lives.
Look, we are all here, from FBC folks, to family, your college friends, and Rock-N-Water ‘04 staff, We are full of tears and smiles and even at Jason's old jokes do we dare to laugh.
We'll never forget their lives well lived, Too short, yet sweet, always willing to give.
Now... a tear, a sorrow, a huge ache of pain, Expected and necessary... their honor, our gain.
These two, Jason and Lindsay, humble and pure, Having lived their lives with faith in God so sure.
He is proud of them and we are too, They lifted up Jesus as He taught us to do.
Embraced in His arms and each other's this day, Gives us hope and assurance each step of the way.
You two would have been such a great Uncle and Aunt, The losers are Jackson, Lucas, Jalynn and Grant.
Let memories live on in the heart of each dear friend, As we look forward to heaven to be together again.
I will be with you one day... it may be soon, it may be late, All I ask, dear children, is that you meet me at the gate.
Remembering and Loving Lindsay and Jason