Monday, January 09, 2006

Hello everyone, DEATH HAS BEEN SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY!

On Saturday, January 7, 2006, a funeral celebration was held for Charles near his home town. Approximately four hundred and fifty friends and family members attended. Many have described the ceremony as a true celebration of Charles' going home to be with the Lord. Among the family and friends in attendance were several very special people which Charles befriended while in the hospital in Houston. Without a doubt, these special friendships which Charles forged with his faith and encouragement in God will continue to flourish with those of us still here.

Several scriptures that were read at the ceremony truly depict what we had prayed as soon as Charles went home to be with our Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 says, O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?

One of Charles' favorite bible verses was in Psalms 118:24. It reads, This is the day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it. Basically, that was Charles' motto. Regardless of the circumstances and the impending fight ahead, he was glad and would rejoice in knowing that God's hand was at work, despite any bad report or facing death, this is what he would rejoice in!

NOW SOME MORE AWESOME NEWS...

We were thrilled to learn that an extremely talented Houston Chronicle sports reporter, John Lopez, wrote an article which came out on the Chronicles' Sunday January 8, 2006 edition. The article tells how Louisville Cardinals' All-American defensive end, Elvis Dumervil, was in Houston in December as one of three finalists eligible to receive the prestigious Lombardi award. Just days before the event, a few incredible things happened.

Charles had been selected to attend the ceremony and had already been fitted for a tuxedo. A limousine was to pick him up at the house and drive him to the event. He was to sit with other cancer patients also attending the event. Charles was thrilled and excited about attending the Lombardi awards ceremony. Well, as had often happened in the past, plans changed. Charles became ill and ended up back in the hospital just a few days before the event.

The day All-American defensive end Elvis Dumervil visited with children at Houston's Texas Children's Hospital, he met Charles. I don't know exactly what they shared with each other, but I do know that Charles was excited and was looking forward to attending the ceremony and watching Mr. Dumervil on TV playing football and keeping up with any future draft prospects. Apparently they had a profound effect on each other. I believe it was God, (he has a tendency to do that)!

For more on the story please go to Houston Chronicle's web site at chron.com and search for Elvis Dumervil. This will take you to the article titled, Elvis leaves the building...changed. I think that you will truly be amazed at how the two bonded the day there paths crossed. I still believe Charles left a lasting legacy for Christ and we are only seeing the beginning of that legacy.

Charles was a remarkable young man and would almost always best express his inner most thoughts and feelings by writing. We continue to find poems and letters dedicated to certain people and numerous other writings about his life and the trials he faced, and of his AMAZING faith in God. I think we have enough gathered to write a book that can help encourage many others who are going through a similar situation in life.

While facing the storm of his life, Charles was always ready to encourage and help others in the hospital even during times when most of us would turn and shut out the world when the fight became unbearable. You see, that is when Charles became the strongest because he understood that at our weakest, God is made stronger. And God made him stronger in return.

We had often been told that Charles was a remarkable kid and that he would grow and touch the lives of many for God. That is exactly what he is doing! Charles made many friends who attended bible study groups in the hospital with him and now know that he is finally healed!

It was that incredibly contagious personality that people loved about him. He was always positive and humble before God. He truly understood what it was to live under God's complete control. Placing his entire life (on earth and in heaven) in God's hands enabled him to live and fight the way he did. And I thank God that he had a profound effect on me and my family as well.

As mentioned before, Charles left us all many, many poems to remember him by. On December 5, 2005, Charles wrote his final poem. He titled it Roadway to heaven. I am sharing the poem with you all and believe it will touch your life as it has ours.

Roadway to heaven

The road for me has not yet ended.
With steep hills,
And even steeper drops,
Winding roads,
And no pit stops.

Trying to be a nice passenger,
I sometimes wonder if the driver is asleep.
But then He comforts me,
And told me He shall neither slumber nor sleep.

Without warning,
The weather changes,
Rain heavily pours down upon our party,
But the guests still remain gleeful,
For they are grateful for the party…

Fog blankets my home in an instant.
I can’t see tomorrow,
But I have no fear.
I have Jesus, and He is light.
I walk with Him and all darkness must flee.

But one thing is for sure,
No matter what the circumstance…
This is the day that the Lord has made
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

-Charles Garcia
Monday, December 5, 2005


To all of the wonderful people praying for us out there, THANK YOU and keep up the great work! Keep writing those encouraging comments and please share this blogspot with as many family and friends as you can. Remember, Charles could not have imagined the magnitude of how his little old blogspot would help and encourage others. He was simply living for God and was obedient to Him.

More to come...