3 "C" words come to mind when I reflect on Derek..... caring, compassionate and courageous! (May I add cute to that list!) He showed such care for his family and others around him. He was compassionate about the big things and the little things in life. He was beyond courageous as he faced each new day with whatever was before him, since day one of his diagnosis up until his last breath when Jesus took him home. It really touched my heart to see Derek at the Children's Christmas service at church, in his wheel chair, so focused on the angelic, smiling face of his little sister as she sang her heart out along with her Sunday school friends. Derek's little foot has indeed left a big footprint on this earth and in our hearts. What a blessing and a joy to know him! What a witness Derek has been to everyone he's crossed paths with, even to those he didn't know who came to visit him at home as he lay so peacefully, holding his wooden cross closely and with compassion. Such a journey he has traveled in his brief 8 years with us, and what a time this is to be grateful to the Lord who allowed this precious young boy to be a part of your lives and our lives. I pray God continues to bring you peace as you continue your journey here on earth, until that amazing day when we all reach our ultimate goal of salvation! (as Pastor shared with us this morning in his message). Your strength is such a reflection of your faith!