Thursday, June 12, 2014

about a boy who changed the world

this is a moment when I want to write but I dont know exactly what to say. The world, our community, a precious family lost someone they loved. A young man who was impacting lives even while laying in a hospital bed in Birmingham. His school has been there since the first time they found out about the cancer. His family has been there. The love of the community began to spread like wildfire.
I remember the first time I met the sweet boy, it was a couple of years ago, he seemed quiet but he smiled and laughed when people would crack jokes, with this bunch there is a lot of laughter. Which is a beautiful thing. He loved Jeeps, I think its safe to say that the jeep was one of his favorite things in this world. One night I was at my friends house, who happens to be his cousin, and he came pulling in the driveway with everything that could come off the jeep-- off the jeep. He has the music up and I'm pretty sure he was the risk taker who had his leg outside of the door just a little bit. He pulled up and we walked outside, he studied the Jeep that I had for a month and listed everything I could take off, everything I could add. He knew his Jeeps, I thought of that often.
throughout all of this, just like many others, I have been at a loss of words. Not sure what to say or when to say-- so I just pray and it hit me one night while I was praying for this sweet boy 'Cody is a warrior. A fighter. He is strong, stronger than most men out there. He fought a monster that was eating at his insides. He didn't have to hit someone to show his stength, he had to lay in a hospital bed isolated to fight his battle' and with just that simple thought I knew that it was something worth admiring and it has been admired by many.
His family is one of the best around. Two of his cousins are my best friends. I have been around for a couple of years now. But thoughout this I cannot stop thinking about his parents. His sweet momma, I am sure that when she had Cody 17 years ago, the day that he had his first cry that she didn't know what his life would look like, but she knew that she would love him everyday. She knew that she would hold him when he cried, be there when he got in trouble, be there when he had a bad day, when he had his first heartbreak. She was a momma and she would play the momma roles the best she could and she has done just that. When I read last night on his page "Cody's mother is by his bedside," the book 'I Love You Forever' was a thought. The part that reads:
'a mother held her new baby and slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she held him she sang I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as your living my baby you'll be'

I saw this. I saw his sweet momma, holding him singing this song to him. I cannot imagine the complete emptyness that his parents feel at this time, I cannot imagine the saddness that the enitre family feels. I do not know what to say to the two boys who are my best friends. I do not know why this happened or why it was allowed to happen.
but what I do know is better than any of the questions, doubt and worry. I do know that at 7am this morning, Cody got to see something that nobody on this earth has seen. Cody, now knows more about Jesus than all of us combined because I know that right now he is rejoicing with him. He looked into the eyes of His creator this morning. He is with him now. Jesus gave him to us for a little while, we do not and will not know why Cody was called home, but we do not that our Jesus is still in control. Our God still loves us all. He still loves this family even though their doubts and questions. Because He is.

Some bright morning when this life is over
I'll fly away
To that home on Gods celestial shore
I'll fly away

I'll fly away, oh glory
I'll fly away in the morning
When I die hallelujah by and by
I'll fly away


  1. EXTREMELY well said! My heart aches for his family. May they find comfort in his memories in the days, weeks and years ahead. Prayers going up for his family and friends...

  2. I did not know Cody or his family personally but have followed his story and prayed for him and them for the past year. While reading the posts for that last day or so before Cody went home to the Father, in the back of my mind I was asking WHY!!! I guess a small part of me is still asking that question. My faith tells me everything is for a reason and our heavenly Father is in control. My heart aches for the loved ones left behind but I know beyond any shadow of doubt that Cody is in the most precious place with Our Father and his Son!!! Cody is whole and pain free and basking in God's Glory. My prayers are now for comfort and peace for his family and friends that have suffered and are suffering this loss. God Bless Them!!!!