Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
We mourn as a community this week. One of our community’s youngest and brightest, Jacob Forehand, has gone on to be with the Lord too soon.
On Memorial Day, as Amy, Jake and I were traveling back from Brunswick, we received word from a witness at the scene of an accident in town that our good friends Tony Forehand, and his children, Courtney and Jacob, had been involved in an automobile accident. Our hearts began to sink as we learned of the severity of the accident.
My family was introduced to the Forehands years ago when we were attending Zion Church of God. The couple and their kids impressed me, not only with the love they had for each other, but for the love they have for God. Like many across our community, we became instant friends with the Forehands.
It was not long after my family started attending First Assembly of God that the Forehands moved to the same church and became actively involved with the children’s ministry at First Assembly. Many children have come to know Christ through their teachings, and not just because of Tony and Rebecca, but also because of the work by Courtney and Jacob in the ministry.
Over the years the Forehands have put me in a few predicaments through the children’s ministry. I’ve dressed as a turkey and let the children of our church shoot at me with paintball guns, had a bucket full of slime poured on my head, and even had to dress up like a baby one time. The majority of the time Tony had to do all these activities right beside me. Please know that Tony and I make some really ugly babies. Of course Tony’s wife, Rebecca, and my wife, Amy, were often on the receiving side of the games and pranks also involved with the children’s ministry.
There is no doubt that this family’s greatest love is serving God and to see others, especially children, come to know Christ. This deep love is followed by an incredible love for each other. They set an example for all of us to follow. Simply put, they love each other unconditionally.
Please know that my family and I love you all very much and that we are praying continuously for you during this tragic period in your lives. I also ask the community to continue pray for the Forehand family in the coming days, weeks and months. Ask God to heal them and to give them strength and peace.
Thoughts and prayers also go out to the family of Sharon King. King was also involved in a tragic automobile accident last week. Many of you have probably met King and didn’t even realize it. She served as manager at Hardee’s for a number of years, and was currently managing the Hardee’s in Hazlehurst. She always had a smile on her face and was very friendly. I feel confident in saying that her family, friends and co-workers will miss her immensely.