Dearest Sandy, Dale and family,
My heart and prayers are with you all. It has been years since we've talked or seen one another. During that time, in many moments, I have thanked the Lord for the Holy Spirit operating through you and your family that reached out and touched me and my family!
Sandy, my eyes have not dried since I heard from Bruce of Leon's sacrifice and your family's loss! As a mother I stand with you in the battle with grief. I love you and I thank God for His grace and mercy in your life through all of us who love you and hold you up in His loving hands!
Dale, God Bless you and continue to give you the strength and loving heart to lead your family and comfort Sandy as Him. To all the Deraps children who we came to know during our time of "recovery" for Bruce from cancer, I send you strength and love in His name!
Dale and Sandy, I just informed Daniel, who was at work, of Leon's passing and he broke down and we both cried for the loss of Leon. We know that he lives on in all the lives he touched, many of whom have expressed that in the pages of this book!
Thank you, Deraps family, for modeling family love, sharing and giving of yourselves to us and so many others and instilling in your children such values!!
You have always had a place of gratitude and love in my heart and I pray and declare the Peace that surpasses understanding in the precious name of Jesus be with you in every moment that threatens to overwhelm with sadness for He is good and his Love endureth forever in and through you all for one another and Leon!
Thank you for all you've given and all you do to be Lights in this world and the gifts you gave to each member of my family in our time of need!!
With deepest sympathy and love,