On the Defensive – Boston Bruins Nick Holden and Brandon Carlo

Well, it has been more than 2 months – sorry for the delay oh faithful readers, but there is no better time to get back into this blog than during the NHL playoffs. They are well underway with the eyes of the 8 remaining teams set firmly on the Stanley Cup. I really enjoy sharing the stories of pro athletes who have chosen to live their lives following Jesus – but I really relish writing these articles when the players I write about are on my favorite team. That is the case this time around as I put together a double feature of Boston Bruins defensemen in this post.

So much Fun – Nick Holden

However, the two men I write about tonight are not often seen in the playoffs this year. Nick Holden is playing a depth role for the Bruins – picking up an assist in the only game he has played thus far. He will fill in for an injured or slumping player as needed but so far, the Bruins are rolling and have only called on him the one time.

Holden has played in one playoff game with the Bruins this season.

Acquired from the New York Rangers earlier this year, the Bruins are Holden’s 4th NHL team. He played with the Colorado Avalanche for 3 seasons after breaking into the league with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 30 year old will be a free agent this summer. Holden is not too worried about Free agency though. His philosophy in hockey and in life is  “If you have your passion, just continue following it… Just keep pushing and work hard, and you can only control what you can control. God has a plan for everybody, so you just have to do what you can do.”  He also focus on having fun. And he knows that hockey has been a gift from God that has led to some amazing experiences. This article from the Speaking from Springfield calls Holden a “person of deep faith, Holden says he is fortunate despite injuries which sidelined him for the season last year.“God blesses you with many gifts. Luckily, my gift is to play hockey. It led me to my wife. It led me to my career.” 

Will it lead him and the Bruins to the top of the hockey world this year? That remains to be seen, but I feel like with Holden, he will be satisfied with whatever God brings his way.

Ups and Downs – Brandon Carlo.

Carlo missed the Playoffs last year with an injury

Brandon Carlo was a rookie with the Bruins last year. He was a solid contributor, playing in all 82 games last season and in 76 this time around. He routinely played over 20 minutes a game and has 22 points in 158 career games. However, one missing item from Carlo’s resume is playoff hockey. Last season, despite playing all 82 games, he sat out the Bruins 6 game series against the Ottawa Senators with an injury. He was again a solid contributor this year, but suffered a broken ankle late in the season that again cost him the post season experience. It was a terrible injury and the Bruins and Carlo’s fans (like me) are hoping and praying for a speedy and full recovery.

And will miss them again this year after a horrific injury late in the season

And I have confidence that Carlo will take this injury in side and work on his recovery with a great attitude. One of the tattoos that Carlo has is the string of sybols G>^v. (God is Greater that the ups and downs).  Another is a reminder to live by faith, not by sight. It is a verse that his mother would often quote to him and now he says that his tattoo “ties me with my mom and my religion as a Christian.”

And so as the playoffs continue to move towards the cup final, I hope the Bruins go along for the ride. But with both of these men that spent time on their blue line, their purpose is much more than a run for the cup. They are putting God first and trusting Him to control the things that are out of their control.

Check out my facebook page  this weekend for links to past stories I have written about players involved in these playoffs. Enjoy the great hockey that remains as we wait to see who will win the Stanley Cup this year.


Olympic Faith part 3 – Skis & Skates – David Wise USA Freestyle Skiing – Half Pipe & Nicole Helmsley USA Women’s Ice Hockey

Soohorang & Bandabi – 2018 PyeongChang Olympics Mascots

I just finished watching the movie “Eddie the Eagle”. I had watched it before, but it was fun to watch during the Olympics. (we watched Cool Runnings last week too) and being a young Canadian during the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, I remember the attention that the story drew from the media. Eddie the Eagle was a huge part of those games. And the movie showed the lengths that he took to fulfill his Olympic dream.

David Wise en route to Olympic gold in 2014

It takes a lifetime of effort to qualify for the Olympics. If you should happen to medal it must be the icing on the cake. To qualify again four years later and get a chance to defend your title is another amazing accomplishment in itself. That is where Freestyle Skier David Wise finds himself  – Back in the Olympics, attempting to remain the only man on the planet to win Olympic Gold in this event. 

Wise with his Sochi 2014 medal is hoping to add a 2018 one to his collection.

Sochi was the Olympic Debut for Freestyle Skiers in the Halfpipe. Wise won Gold. It was a culmination of years of hard work and a dream come true for Wise. But his return to the Olympics has been an arduous journey as well. As you can read in this article from Religion News, some had written him off due to injury and other issues. On his blog, he writes “I am coming off the worst two seasons of my competitive career… A lot of things played into my lack of success in the past couple years: I had an injured shoulder and back, three separate concussions, my wife lost her father, my sister Christy was in a boating accident and lost her leg, I had a dear student of mine commit suicide. Not to mention my wife and I had our second child, Malachi, shortly after the Olympics in Sochi…. After Alexandra gave birth to Malachi, she went through a hard year of postpartum depression – something more common than most people realize… ” He continues to discuss that some turned their back on him (including sponsors) but that has only fueled his fire to give it his all in PyeongChang. CBN recently wrote an article about Wise.

Wise, with his wife Alexandra and their 2 kids. Faith in God has carried them many hard things

You won’t see the 27-year-old freestyle skier of the Halfpipe talking about God in interviews … What you will see is Wise talking about serving others and his family. Wise told SportsSprectrum.com  he would rather consistently live out his faith before talking a lot about it. “I don’t tell my Christian friends I’m a pro-skier. I don’t tell my skier friends I’m a Christian,” Wise said. “But you’re going to find out if you spend enough time with me either way.


Wise is ready to go on February 20 in the Half Pipe.

Also, check out this story from The War Cry. He says “(faith) has to be personal or else it’s not real,” Wise said. “That’s the most important part. If Christianity were just another world religion it would just be another example of people trying to earn God’s favor. The reality is Christ chose us because he wants that relationship with us. Discovering that on my own is when I really, truly felt it was my faith …We either choose to seek or we choose to drown it out with other things. I love in Jeremiah where it says if you seek me with all your heart you will find me,” Wise said. “That’s my experience. I went through life and I got to the point where I realized I just believed what I was told for a long time. Now I need to discover what it is I truly believe. What’s really true.”

My main Takeaway:

1- It’ll show – There is a lot of truth in what Wise said about his faith and his work. He doesn’t tell skiers he is a Christian, he doesn’t tell Christian friends he is a skier – spend enough time with him, who he is shows up. That is a great challenge for us. If you are a Christian, does Christ “show up” in your daily life so much  that even without declaring your faith, others know that it is part of who you are? I know that this thought challenges me to be more intentional with how I live. I want my actions to support the faith I have in God and the life He calls me to live.

Team USA goalie Nicole Hemsley

Goaltender Nicole Hensley is in her first Winter Olympics. She is a goaltender for the Women’s hockey team that has aspirations of gold after 4 straight Olympic Silver Medals. In her first game of the Olympic tournament, Hensley turned aside all 13 shots that she faced as USA defeated the Olympic Athletes from Russia team 5-0. For Hensley, her faith in God is very important to her. She knows that she has a platform to tell others about Him and does so frequently sharing bible verses on Twitter and even featuring some favorite verses on her goalie masks. She says
He’s also given me a bit of a platform to possibly reach others who are wondering about their faith, or maybe don’t have any faith, or want to grow stronger in their faith. Maybe it’s a way to start a conversation with somebody” . 

Hensley has been known to feature Bible Verses on her goalie mask.

Now, despite how easy it all looks from the comfort of my own couch, I understand that all Olympic journeys have more bumps than a moguls run. There are hardships at every turn and challenges that must be overcome. When these hard things come, we are often tempted to give up or turn away. But as Hensley shares in this CBN article, “Looking back with 20-20 hindsight, obviously He had a plan in every single place that He put me. It is easy to say that now, but really it’s just taught me that through the hardships you have to trust in your faith. You have to be willing to be uncomfortable to either grow in your faith or grow as a person or player as well

Hensley backstopped team USA to a 5-0 shutout against the Olympic Athletes from Russia in the opening round of the Olympic tournament.

My takeaway:

I’ve talked about it before, but it bears repeating because it is a lesson, sadly, that we need to learn over and over again. God is not calling us to a life of comfort. Far from it. When we are truly following God and living for Him, there will be many hard time that make things plenty uncomfortable for us. But in those times, and as Hensley mentions after those times come to an end, or at least give us a brief moment of rest, we see that God had purpose for the pain. It was a process of helping us lean on Him alone and put complete faith in his plan. May we always be ready to step out of our comfort zone if it leads us to a deeper faith in Him.


NHL Playoffs – Final Four – Chris Neil – Ottawa Senators and Chris Wagner – Anaheim Ducks

We have reached the semi finals in the NHL playoffs and it has been a very entertaining playoff thus far.  In the past I have written posts about players on the Penguins (Matt Cullen) and Nashville Predators (Mike Fisher), and so I thought it would be good to share some stories from the other 2 teams too.

First to the Ottawa Senators and their rugged winger Chris Neil.

Chris Neil greets former teammate Mike Fisher at a game in Ottawa.  Are the Preds and Sens going to meet in the Cup Finals this year?

His story is an amazing one in that he was a sixth round draft pick in the 1998 draft (#161 overall). He has played all 15 seasons in his career with the Senators. This year, he played his 1,000th NHL game.  His best season in was 2005-2006 when he scored 16 goals and added 17 assists (both career highs).  It was also one of his 4 seasons with more than 200 penalty minutes.  The latter is what Neil is most known for.  With over 2,500 career penalty minutes, his tough play is his calling card.  As you can read in this article from the Ottawa Sun, even though Neil is known for his tough physical play and his willingness to fight the opponent’s toughest competitor, he is also a loving family man, a prankster and a devout Christian who was a roommate with Mike Fisher while Fisher was in Ottawa.

He says “I was always part of Vacation Bible School as a kid … My mom had a very strong faith. We’d go to church. Sometimes she couldn’t go because she had to take the other kids to hockey and I’d ride my bike to church. It gave me something to believe in and something to look forward to every Sunday — to worship God.

Neil is known as a tough competitor, but he has a great heart giving back to his community.

Neil and his wife Caitlin met at church.  They have been married since 2006 and have 3 kids.  They have become very active in the community, as an advocate for “Roger’s House” a pediatric care center named after former Senator’s coach Roger Neilsen.  Neil is 37 and played in only 2 playoff games thus far, but he has been a key part of the Senators for 16 years and is no doubt excited to be a part of this team on a deep run towards the Stanley Cup. Will they get their chance? We will find out this week.

And in Anaheim, we meet winger Chris Wagner.

Wagner celebrates a goal against the Flyers. He has played parts of 3 seasons with the Ducks.

The Anaheim Ducks have their own Chris that was drafted late.  Chris Wagner was drafted by the Ducks in the fifth round of the 2010 entry draft. He played 2 seasons of college hockey with Colgate and 2 years of play with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL before getting a couple tastes of NHL action. He would play 20 games over a season and a half with the Ducks. However, at one point during the 2015-2016 season, the Ducks were forced to put Wagner on waivers to send him down and that allowed other teams to be able to claim him. And he was claimed by the Colorado Avalanche.

He played with Colorado for 26 games scoring 4 goals for them. But he was again placed on waivers and reclaimed by the Ducks. He played 6 more games for them, netting 2 assissts.  He played 43 games with the Ducks this year, scoring 6 goals. He has played in every Ducks game this playoffs, scoring 2 goals. On the FCA Hockey Page, Wagner shares a favorite verse – one he learned as a child at AWANA, and the importance he sees in it.  He says “John 3:16, This verse is so important to me because it sums up the keys to Christianity and is the easiest to explain to a non-believer. I remember being taught this verse my first day at AWANA and after memorizing it, I have never forgot it.”

Wagner scored in a game 5 loss. The Ducks are down 3-2 in the series.

My Takeaway

1- Faith Like a Child – Both Chris Neil and Chris Wagner talk about being involved in their church at a young age.  Through programs like Vacation Bible School and AWANA help kids know the truth about who God is the depth of his love, forgiveness and grace.  I’ve had the pleasure of working in children’s ministry for many years. I love working with kids and challenging them to seek God for themselves. When a youth chooses to really put learning about God a priority and make him the most important part of their life, the things they learn will not leave them. Do you have opportunities to pour into the lives of youth? How can God use you to share his love with the younger generation and help equip them to depend on Him for the rest of their lives?


Stanley Cup Finals Special – Eric Fehr & Matt Cullen – Pittsburgh Penguins

Stanley Cup Final LogoI can’t remember the moment when I first started watching hockey – I’m sure I was too young to form memories. But I do love this time of year. The talent level is outstanding and the games are a blast to watch. However, I know that it means that the season will soon come to an end and the long wait for next season will begin. And since the next game of the Stanley Cup Finals could be the last game of the season, I thought I would take one more opportunity to talk about the stories of some of the players in the series.

A few years back, I wrote a post about Sharks backup goalie James Reimer (then with the Maple Leafs).

May 16, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen (7) celebrates his goal with right wing Eric Fehr (L) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in game two of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen (7) celebrates his goal with right wing Eric Fehr (L) earlier in this year’s playoffs

And so today I will focus on a couple players on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

First to Eric Fehr. He scored an insurance goal in game 4 that secured the win for the Penguins. Check it out

21 December 2015: Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Eric Fehr (16) skates during the first period in the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Fehr is with his 3rd different NHL team (after Winnipeg and 2 stints in Washington). This is his first Stanley Cup Final

Eric Fehr was drafted in the first round (18th overall) by the Washington Capitals in 2003 after a stellar Junior Career with the Brandon Wheat Kings. He made his debut in 2005-2006 season and became a mainstay in the NHL in 2008.  He has played in over 500 NHL games and is closing in on the 100 plateau in both career goals and assists. He is also a published author, writing a children’s book about bullying called “The Bulliest Dozer” Read more in this article from WashingtonCapitals.com.  As you can read in this article from Promise Keepers Canada, Fehr has faced some challenges in his career – recovering from injury, not fitting in with coaches, the pressure of playing in his home town, but his faith in God has helped him in these trials. He says “Once again it goes back to knowing life doesn’t begin and end with hockey“. He continues, “My feeling is, don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all He has done. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus,” (Phil 4.6-7)


Fehr reads the anti-bullying book he authored to kids.

My takeaway from Fehr’s story:

He is our Guardian – This story connected with me because of the verses that he shares. I had read it many times, likely memorized it for some VBS or kids programming, but when I read it this time, my attention was drawn to the second part of this passage. I have the wonderful joy of being a dad to 4 girls. I love who they are and am frequently amazed at how they process and learn. Our second oldest – Olivia (almost 7) is very imaginative and has a great memory. Which is great, except when something that may be a little scary enters her world.  We have a Valentines tradition that I take my girls to a movie in the theater as a Valentine’s celebration. This year, the movie of choice was “Zootopia”. It is a very clever movie and funny throughout. But since that time, Olivia has struggled with bad dreams or thoughts about some of the scarier instances from the movie. We have struggled to come up with something that helps her. But I think there is an answer in this passage from Philippians 4. The next time that she struggles with these fears and it keeps her from sleeping, I am going to read these verses to her. It is a lesson for me too. I can be pessimistic or afraid to really step out and trust God. Re-read those verses again!  Do you see it? the promise and help that God offers. Tell God about everything, recognize what He has done and let his peace settle in you as you draw closer to Him. I will encourage Olivia to think about all the ways God has been at work in our family. I will pray with her for God’s peace to guard her heart and mind. I will do the same when stress is wearing me down at work or keeping me awake at night. God’s peace is a resource for us. Rest in Him!


Matt Cullen is already a Stanley Cup Champ with the 2005-06 Carolina Hurricane.

Now Matt Cullen‘s story presents a similar point too. As you can read in this interview with Chad Bonham from Inspiring Athletes, Cullen shares a lot about fear. He says “So often in the Bible we see the words “Do not fear” or “Do not be afraid.” When we give in to fear, it’s because we’re not trusting God. What are we afraid of? Everything is out of our hands anyway.” Cullen is in his 19th season in the NHL. Drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the second round of the 1996 entry draft, Cullen has played for 8 teams in his NHL career. He won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005-06. Check out this video of talking about hockey and his faith in God on CBN from a couple seasons ago when he played with Nashville.

Here are my takeaways from Cullen’s story

1- Don’t let your skates get dull – The interviewer at one point talks about letting a skate blade or one’s faith get dull. I like this analogy because if you have ever seen an NHL player – a very talented ice skater – “lose an edge”  Check out this video for an example, or read about the science of it here

When the skate blade goes dull, so does the effective ability to skate. When our faith dulls, we also cease to be effective in carrying out the mission that has been entrusted to us. Faith means belief and hope even when a solution is not easily seen. When our faith begins to waiver, we are not able to continue doing what we have been doing in the same way. Doubt can bind us up. It is like in Matthew 14, when Peter steps out of the boat and begins walking on the water toward Jesus. When his faith begins to waiver because he realizes that what he is doing is impossible and he is in the midst of a storm, he begins to sink. Sharpening our faith comes through seeing God at work and with us in our circumstance be it trial, hardship or mountain top experience.


Cullen’s 3 sons are along for the journey of this Stanley Cup run. No doubt they are excited that their dad is one win away.

2- Connection with Dad – Cullen talks about his hockey dreams as a youth being more about playing for his dad, the local high school coach, than the NHL. Now that Cullen is an NHL veteran, he shares the journey he is on with his own sons. Check out this article from the Players Tribune by Cullen about his sons and the playoff run they are currently on. It is great to read about the relationship Cullen has both with his dad and his sons. I have a good relationship with my dad. I have learned a lot from him and as a dad, I want to build a strong relationship to my kids, too. But I also know that there are many out there that do not have a good example to look to as a dad. There are lots of kids (and former kids) that grew up not knowing or barely knowing their dad. There are some whose dad was abusive, others where he was invisible. But Jesus talked about God as our Heavenly Father. He is the perfect example of love. He is protector, provider, teacher and visionary. And He wants you to know that you are His and you are loved. He went to great lengths so you could be with Him forever. John 1.12 says “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name”. Will you connect with your Heavenly Dad?

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 – Throwback Edition – Jonathan Cheechoo (San Jose) and Blake Geoffrion (Nashville)


Game 6 goes tonight in Nashville

As I considered writing a post about men of faith in the Sharks/Predators series, I did find a player on each team that I could shine the spotlight on. However, I have already written posts about each of them – click here for my article on Predators forward Mike Fisher and head here for my article on Sharks goaltender James Reimer. And so with those 2 articles already in the archives, I decided to go “throwback” for this series on Living Up to My Name.


Former Sharks forward Jonathan Cheechoo

First, Former San Jose Sharks Jonathan Cheechoo.

Jonathan Cheechoo left his home in Moose Factory, Ontario at age 14, beginning a journey that he hoped would lead him to the NHL. And it did. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 1998. This article from the salvationist.ca tells about how in 2002, Jonathan Cheechoo became the first member of Cree First Nation to play in the NHL. He would play 501 NHL games over the next 8 years with the Sharks and Ottawa Senators, winning the Rocket Richard trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer in 2005-2006. He still holds some Sharks scoring records (including most goals, hat tricks and Power Play goals in a season).  These days, he is playing professionally with Dynamo Minsk in the KHL. All told, it has been quite a ride for Cheechoo who was one of my favorite players during his NHL days.


Cheechoo and the Maurice Richard trophy as NHL’s leading goal scorer in 2005-2006

Cheechoo is the son of a pastor and growing up, faith in God was an important foundation for life. As you can read in this article from CanadianChristianity.com, his faith in God remains important to him. He shares how he came to faith in God and how God helps guide him in his career and his life. He says “I feel God has really had his blessing over me. If you live for him, he’ll bless you. It’s all his doing. I just work hard – and I know he’ll help me out.”

Here is a piece of his story from a few years back, before he went to play in the KHL.

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Cheechoo collecting hats after one of his 5 career hat tricks.

Here is my main takeaway from Cheechoo’s story:

Worth the Sacrifice – Cheechoo’s incredible journey required a lot of sacrifice.  Thinking about my childhood, there is a lot I would have missed out on if I had left home at 14. Yet Cheechoo, with the amazing support of a loving family and community and trusting God to order his steps, saw it work out. Looking back on the journey, it was worth the sacrifice. In our faith walk, there will be sacrifices. There is a constant battle between our natural wants and wishes and setting those things aside for the sake of following God. And while sometimes those things we sacrifice here seem to be significant, when weighed on the scales of eternity, their importance fades. Following God is worth the sacrifice. In Philippians 3 Paul gives his resume of being at the top and “having it all”. But check out the conclusion he has  in verses 7-9a  These things that I once considered valuable, I now consider worthless for Christ. It’s far more than that! I consider everything else worthless because I’m much better off knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. It’s because of him that I think of everything as worthless. I threw it all away in order to gain Christ and to have a relationship with him. Knowing and following God is the most important thing in our life and worth sacrificing everything else.


Former Predators’ forward Blake Geoffrion

And now to the Nashville Predators:

Blake Geoffrion‘s story is one worth sharing on Living up to My Name because He had a name to live up to. Blake is a 4th generation NHL hockey player following in the footsteps of his father Dan, his grandfather (Hall of Famer and 6 time Stanley Cup Champion) Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion and his great-grandfather (inaugural Hall of Fame member) Howie Morenz. That is a long legacy to live up to. And Blake was well on his way. He won the Hobey Baker award as best US collegiate player in 2010. As you can read in this story from ESPN, Geoffrion became the first 4th generation player in the NHL. Not only that, but after parts of 2 seasons with the Nashville Predators, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens. This was cool because all 3 previous generations had played for the Canadiens. Morenz’ #7 and Boom Boom’s #5 have been retired by the Canadiens. Blake chose to wear jersey #57 to honor them. He played 13 games with them following the trade from the Preds in February 2012.


Legacy of Hockey (l to r) Howie Morenz, Bernie, Dan and Blake Geoffrion. the first 4 generation NHL family

But the start of the next season was delayed by a lockout, so Blake began the season with the AHL affiliate for the Canadiens, the Hamilton Bulldogs. During a game with the Bulldogs at the Canadiens’ arena, Blake was body-checked by an opponent. As you can read in the above story, and in this article from Brentwoodhomepage.com, it was a clean body check, but it resulted in a fractured skull and was not only career ending, but life threatening. Quick action from the medical staff on hand and at the local Crystal Hospital saved Blake’s life.


Geoffrion playing for the Montreal Canadiens – another 4 generation legacy

This could be a shocking and devastating blow to a young hockey player and to a family with such a legacy of hockey, but as you can read in this story from Brentwoodhomepage.com, the family’s faith in God and trust in His plan were more powerful. Perhaps this legacy of faith came from Boom Boom himself. You can read about his conversion to faith in God in this article from Hockey Ministries International. Blake says “My career has been incredible, and I truly believe the Lord has a plan for me. Our family has great faith. I have met and established relationships with some really great people and accomplished almost every hockey goal I had set for myself. I am proud for what my family and life has taught me, and I am proud to have worn the Geoffrion name on my back.

Here is the hit that changed Blake Geoffrion’s life


Blake and Boom Boom shared a name, a love for hockey and a faith in God.

My Takeaway from Blake’s story

1- Make the Most out of it – It seems basic and obvious but it is a reality that still takes me by surprise. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Tonight is not guaranteed. The next minute is not guaranteed. What is important in your life? Do you know what will happen when it changes drastically and turns out different than you dreamed it would? Do you know what happens when this life ends? It is a question that is considered by everyone at some point or other. The faith that I have in God gives me assurance that at the end of my life, if it is 80 years from now or if it is before I go to sleep tonight, I will spend eternity with the God who created me and loves me perfectly. I will be in a place where there will be no more tears, sorrow or pain, just all who chose to follow Him living the way we were created to. In perfect, unhindered relationship with Him. I am so looking forward to it and I hope and pray that I will see you there!