Sacrificial LoveWhat does it mean for you to carry your cross?
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I asked God into my life when I was 18 years old. I grew up in the small town of Northboro, MA and stayed in that area from 1959 until I moved to Florida in 1986 with my 10 year old son Joseph Martone. In 1987 I married David Rivera who also had a son, David Jr, one year younger than Joey. When Joey & David were 14 & 15 yrs old, surprise!, they were going to have another brother, Austin Joseph Rivera! Joey became successful as a buisness owner of a fence company in Altamonte Springs, FL and David Jr is an awesome chef. Our lives changed dramatically on July 14th, 2007, when we got a call from Orlando Regional Hospital saying that our son Joseph, age 31, had been in a serious car accident. Joey was on life support and later that day when the doctors confirmed that there was no brain activity. Devastated, we waited until David Jr could fly in from Chicago so that we could all be together to say 'good bye for now' to our awesome, handsome, wonderful, and yes, SAVED, son. I struggled for answers... What was Joeys purpose during his short 31 years here? How had God used him? In the early hours, about 3 am, on July 15th, 2007, when we disconnected life support, I realized the answer... as least in part...As a single mom, having Joey had made ME depend on God...God had used Joey for a wonderful purpose. This past 15 months has tested my faith in a way that I had never experienced...it has been oh so bitter-sweet. I cry for my son and always will but I praise God with a new song...and realize by my renewed relationship with Him that God is HERE, that God is PERSONAL, that God gives me HOPE for the day when He will come again...I am waiting for this now with great aniticipation!