In Loving Memory of
Patrick Delon Carrell
Sept. 6, 1986- February 15, 2008
A 21 year old young man in our church family went home to be with the Lord this past weekend. He had a tragic car accident. I called one of my best friends in the church, which happens to be Patricks cousin and let her know that we were praying for them. She was hurting, but gave all honor to the Lord for Patricks life. I started getting sick yesterday, but I was determined to go to the funeral home. Patricks family is very dear to us. I went there to show my love to them and they showed me much more. I truly saw the Joy of the Lord in their sorrow. They showed me a family that is so close to the Lord. Patricks mother told us that she is so blessed. She said just to have him for 21 years was such a blessing. His daddy was precious. He was doing exactly what Godly dads do. He was standing right with Patrick. I can't even imagine the hurt that they feel, but when we talked to both of them, you could just feel the Lords presence. They both had a strength that I cannot describe with words. They were such an example to me. Today, I am very sick and have been in the bed since yesterday but my heart is so full. I wanted to try to write something in honor of Patricks life. My husband called a while ago, and was headed to the funeral. It broke my heart that I could not go but I didn't know if I was contagious or not. After I got off the phone, I prayed for the family and our Pastors. Then I started remembering. Patrick was a humble, meek & quite young man. When he was younger, my husband was the director of the Youth Group at our church. A lot of times, Patrick would sit with me during the service. I have a very distinct memory of him. I can remember almost every service that he would cry. One time, in particular he had brought a girlfriend with him to church and it just amazed me that he could care less what anyone thought of him. It did not stop him from worshiping the Lord through his tears. Patrick is a very special person and will always be in our hearts. One thing we know for sure is that we will see him again. Thank you Lord for that hope. Please keep this family & our Pastors in your prayers.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.
* My husband just called and said that the funeral was so special. He said that there were at least 75-100 kids from the college Patrick went to, that marched in before the family. They were all dressed in western attire. You see Patrick loved horses and anything western. What a sweet tribute these kids gave him.