To our North East Community and Beyond,
As many of you know, our lives changed forever on Oct. 6, 2019, when we found out about the unexpected death of our son and brother, Jonathan Eby. The reason for the letter is to express to the entire NE community and beyond, our deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love and support shown to our family over the last 2 ½ months.
The hundreds of cards and texts received, the phone calls made, all the prayers lifted on our behalf, the conversations that were had, the flowers sent, the food dropped off and meals prepared for us, anonymous gifts left on our front porch, waiting in a long line at the funeral home to give us a hug and share our tears, we are grateful.
We are also thankful for the many random acts of kindness, for mowing our lawn and cleaning our home, for giving monetarily, for those who planted a tree in memory of Jonathan. We acknowledge those who gave a memorial gift on Jon’s behalf to “The Door” ministry.
We have been overwhelmed by the loving support from family, friends, coaches, teachers, administrators, life group, pastors, church families and coworkers. We are grateful for a supportive neighborhood who sent meals and purchased a tree to be planted at the graveside next spring.
We grieve hard because we love hard. Despite the pain we feel every day and the many unanswered questions that we have, we believe that God is in control. We believe that there is a purpose and meaning to all of the pain and someday, we will understand.
Our prayer for you is that you recognize the significance of Christmas: that God sent His only Son to earth, allowed Him to die, and rise again to give us salvation and Hope. It’s that Hope that sustains us during this very difficult time.
We pray that you will choose to hold your family and friends a little closer this year, and that you show them the love and support that they want and need. We also understand Christmas doesn’t always evoke good memories for everyone. If you find yourself in a dark place, reach out for help from someone you trust.
We appreciate all of the love and kindness shown to our family. This tragedy has been life altering, so if/when we come to your mind, say a prayer, send a text/note or call for a coffee date.
Jonathan made so many people laugh and put a smile on their face. So, when he comes to your mind, do something kind for someone and make them smile. Jonathan would love that.
With love and grateful hearts,
Carl, Carol, Josh, Justin, Jessica Eby