Tyson Larson: One year later

Sometimes writing is therapeutic for me. So last June I wrote some blogs about Tyson’s death and the surrounding events. Out of all the posts I’ve written, these are still the most read posts– even a year later. Apparently, no one has forgotten Tyson. I think it’s safe to say no one ever will.

They say hindsight is always 20/20. A year later, looking back, it doesn’t look 20/20. It seems like a haze of confusion, fear, and sorrow. No one can say, “Ah! Now I know the reason for Ty’s death!” It’s not like that. We simply move on, knowing that clarity isn’t for us at this point in time. Ty has clarity. We won’t have clarity until we meet him, and Jesus gathers us together, puts a little one on his knee and tells the great story of all he accomplished through this. Until then, we live by faith, not sight.

And though the hindsight isn’t quite clear the lessons we’ve learned are beyond number. They’re not quantifiable. If you asked me what I learned I’d probably reflect and say I’m not too sure– but I’d go on to list the ways I’m different. Ty’s death has taught us all a little more about life, about reality, about this fallen world, about God, about human-ness, about ourselves.

The most encouraging part of all this was the Larson family. In the darkest times of despair, there eyes were watching God. They reminded the watching world that God is enough; Christ is sufficient– we can lose it all here on earth, and still have a reason to rejoice. Hallelujah, all I have is Christ.

Praise be to our God, the only true God, who gives life and takes it away, who sets up kings and brings them down, who rules over every last floating molecule in the solar system, who did not let this happen in vain. Praise be to God who is not a God of absurdity, vanity, or futility. Praise be to him who comforts us in our affliction, guides us through our pain, who purchased a happy eternity for all who believe through Christ’s death on the cross. This is all our hope.

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. my flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Ps. 73:25-26).

Here is Lindsey’s blog that she wrote yesterday: Who Was Tyson? Read this.

Here are the blogs that I wrote last year.

  1. Tyson Larson: No Guilt in Life, No Fear in Death
  2. Tyson Larson: Bringing Us All Back Together Again
  3. Tyson Larson: What We’ve Learned
  4. Lindsey Larson: Grace for One Day at a Time
  5. One Million Years Later

Here is my sister’s blog that she wrote yesterday: Remembering Tyson

Here’s my wife Ashley’s blog: A Year Ago Today.

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