Email to the Prayer Team at Lifeway
by Greg Wright, Father of Stephen Wright
It is 4:04 a.m. and I can't sleep. Who could. The cold and lifeless body
of my son Steve lies in an isolated room at Vanderbilt, awaiting the
pathologist's autopsy and transportation to Hartsville. Around 4:10
yesterday afternoon, February 8th, Steve joined some friends, riding his
bicycle up and down a mound of dirt at a park in Hartsville. Although he
was a veteran BMX rider, within ten minutes he was lying on his face on the
asphalt in a pool of blood. From what the other kids told me, he landed
on his head when he came off the dirt mound. A helicopter brought him to
Vanderbilt, and they did the best they could, but they couldn't save him.
It was his time to go. Steve, our only child, was thirteen years old.
But praise God he was ready for death. I was there when he did his "parent
pressure" insincere profession of faith, but thankfully I was there two
years ago when God truly moved on his heart, bringing him to true
repentance and faith. I have no doubt that Stephen is in heaven, now,
wondering what all of this fuss is about.
Meanwhile, we mourn. I'm okay. But please pray that I'll be sensitive and
supportive of my wife and other relatives. Please pray also that Steve's
well churched but unsaved friends will see this as a wake-up call and get
serious about gettting right with God.
I don't know the funeral arrangements. I guess we'll figure that out
I wrote a detailed account of Stephen's baptism from a couple of years ago,
and I plan to read it at the funeral. I trust that God will use this as an
instrument of his grace.
Please pray that God will be glorified and that souls will be saved during
the next few days.