22, 2002 – March 30, 2007
Journey To Faith
A little boy named Alvin "Tre"
Murdock changed my life on Dec. 22, 2002. Although his
body wasn't perfect, God made his soul whole. He now
is with the Lord where he is complete.
When our son was born, we did
not know that he had anything wrong. I had an emergency
C-section because his heart rate was dropping. During
my pregnancy there were no problems. At the second ultrasound
they noticed that Tre' had some cysts on his brain so
they sent us to a specialist. After the 30 minute ultrasound,
they told us everything was ok and the cysts will probably
go away. So we had no reason for worry. As the doctor
performed the C-section they noticed something was wrong.
Tre' was only about 3 pounds. They rushed him to the
NICU. This began our journey to faith.
Tre' was born with 2 holes in
his heart and a host of other issues. At day one, we
were told he would only live a few days. But Tre' defied
all the odds. At 1 year old, he was diagnosed with Liver
Cancer and we were told he only had 6 months to live.
Well again God and Tre' had other plans. We opted to
not treat the cancer and just pray God's will for his
life. On Feb. 24th, 2007, we took Tre' to the hospital
because he couldn't keep food down. Over the next 5
weeks, we began the fight against the Liver Tumor. On
March 30, 2007, we gave Tre' back to God.
God gave us strength and peace
during this time. Just to show how awesome God is. We
found out we were pregnant with our 4th child a week
after Tre's funeral. After 3 little boys, we finally
had a little girl. Tre' has 5 siblings: Keyanna (14),
Chelsea(13), Joshua(5), Elijah(3), Victoria(2).
From A Caterpillar
to A Butterfly
A caterpillar can only see
at ground level. Tre' could only see things at his level,
in a wheelchair or on the living room floor. On March
30th, 2007 he turned into a beautiful butterfly that
can now soar above the things on this earth into God's
awaiting arms. When we think of how a butterfly is formed
most of us think of a cocoon. When the metamorphosis
is completed, the adult butterfly breaks the pupal case.
On March 30, 2007, Tre began his metamorphosis.
Just as we had done 4 years
ago at the birth of our son, we gathered by his bedside
as he prepared to leave this world. As he took his last
breath, I was told by the medical staff it was ok to
let him go. He had fought a good fight and we were proud
of him. But now it was time for him to take a bigger
step and be with the Lord. This is a path that we all
must take. I was so proud to see Tre' go with so much
Priscilla Shirer said in her
book "And We Are Changed", A caterpillar's
ultimate reason for living is to eventually become a
butterfly. I can only imagine what he's doing in heaven.
Running, jumping, laughing and talking with other kids
and his buddy Kayla. Not missing a beat. It is the hope
of knowing I will see Tre' again that keeps me going.
I am reminded of Romans 5:1-5 (NIV)... "Therefore,
since we have been justified through faith, we have
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through
whom we have gained access by faith into this grace
in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of
the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in
our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces
perseverance; perseverance, character; and character,
hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has
poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit,
whom he has given us."
We on our journey to faith are
much the same as Tre' and the caterpillar. Before we
come into the true knowledge of God our sight is limited.
We have both spiritual and physical limitations. But
once we know Him, we can soar above anything that life
throws at us. I thank all those who have supported us
this past year with prayers and listening ears. God
bless you all and know that His grace is sufficient.
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