Yes…Anthony vive! because Jesus vive! We will always remember you & love you Anthony, and we’ll see you when we come “home.”
Anthony is resurrected this Easter!
relationship with the Lord. Over the course of three years, she saw him transformed –
baptized, beginning to dream and live a normal life. She laughed at
him about his crush on the girl that works at the food stand at the
park. She battled for him in prayer and called him out when he
side-stepped the Lord’s path.
morning a group of youth and families from our church decided to go to
the beach to celebrate for Holy Week. Several of the youth
went out swimming and while they were in the water they were pulled out
by strong currents and stuck in the waves. There were a total of 8 youth who
almost lost their lives. Some were pulled out by youth. Some were pulled
out by random people. Some were thrown back to the shore by giant waves that the Lord Himself sent. But Anthony was swept out to sea.When we received the call that Anthony had drowned, I couldn’t believe it was real. I just started repeating silently “God. no. no. no. God no” over and over as I slowly slid down to the ground.I just sat there in
complete shock. Then came
the tears. Then came the uncontrollable sobs. I vacillated between
sobbing, screaming out in anger, and the complete inability to breath.The youth
had watched as Anthony was pulled out beyond their reach. One of them, Emerson, actually had grabbed Anthony’s hand at one point trying
to pull him back in, but the current was too strong and just pulled him
out even farther beyond their reach. For another moment after that, they
could still see him struggling against the waves.
coffin. Some sobbed uncontrollably.
about Anthony stepping into life and, with a lump in their throat and their eyes wet with tears, everyone shouted out “Anthony vive!” (Anthony lives!).
“Our God is Greater…”
What a living hope amidst sadness!!!