On January 19, 2017, a father of seven young children drowned in an Austin lake within the sight of his sweet wife and family.
His name was Cody May.
It's one of the most unimaginable horrors a family can face, but our Almighty God was not taken by surprise. Though we do not understand, our Lord appointed long ago that Cody would be brought home and leave behind a young wife and seven children at 31 years old. The very thought makes my stomach churn and my heart want to weep. How do you deal with this as a wife? I can't even imagine the anguish she must be experiencing right now.
I don't know their family personally, but I heard about his death the very day it happened because I'm in a Facebook group with his wife, Kimberly. We also had several mutual friends who have since testified over and over that this man wholeheartedly followed Jesus, preached the Gospel to the lost (in the streets!), cared for the little babies who are being slaughtered daily, and made six children in need his very own.
And because they had just recently moved and were between jobs, they had no life insurance when he died. Which leaves you with the awful realization: not only are they all having to fight through grief and sorrow and the terrible pain of a tragic death- this sweet woman with seven children to care for no longer has a means of income.
She is truly a widow. And her children were orphans.
And they need us, the body of Christ, to care for them. This- this- is how we can tangibly follow God:
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
One of her friends contacted me last week and let me know just how we can do this for one of our very own sisters.
1. You can give their sweet family a one-time gift (visit here), or...
2. Help to share in caring for their monthly needs through a tax-deductible donation.
A trustworthy family friend of theirs set up a 501c3 (non-profit) as a way for anyone to give, from anywhere, and possibly long-term:
I know it's a scary thought to commit to a monthly gift- something in our self-preserving nature is always so afraid to commit to giving in the future. But, if you can spare only $5 a month (one Starbucks specialty cup!), it could add up to a rent payment if only 200 of us do the same!!
God has blessed many (many!!) of us with more than enough, and honestly (I'm preaching to myself here) it would be to our great shame to let this heartbroken, believing family go uncared for while we enjoy our lattes.
Would you please consider giving a monthly amount, believing that as the Lord provided for you, you also will be able to give abundantly?
Oh, don't forget His promise:
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
And please, please, will you pray for the May family?