Saturday, April 25, 2009

Goodbye Magnificent Kit--Till We Meet Again


The greatest man we have ever known left this broken world tonight. He is the kind of man about whom legends are made. He is a man of strength and character, full of love and faith, and brimming with life, wisdom, knowledge and encouragement. We will never meet the likes of him again on our earth's journey and it is so hard to let him go. We feel supremely privileged to have had the years we had with this giant of a man.

Our hearts break for the Lauer family and our deepest love goes out to each one of them...Shelly, Maisha, Mikey and Shae, Buddy and Becky and all the other sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews of this great man. We are all richer for having known Kit and poorer with him gone. We embrace you all with our love and comfort, and look forward to a day when the tears will be over and we will all be reunited again.

One by one, our treasures are going to Heaven and our tears are falling on the hard ground of this earth. May each tear soften our hearts and harden our faith. May we, as Kit did so beautifully to his last breath, honor Christ while we are in this body.


2 Corinthians 5:8
We are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for that wonderful tribute to someone we all treasure having known. We miss you already, Kit.

Terry Davis

Jeri said...

Thanks for your wonderful words on video for Kit's "Expression Session" and also on your blog. Kit was such an amazing representation of the love of Jesus. He will be greatly missed and we'll be hard pressed to cross paths with anyone like him. We're so blessed to have been able to learn and grow from him. God has touched so many through this incredible man. Yes, till we meet again in eternity.

Anonymous said...

Karen, you and Joe of all people are the ones who understand the feelings the Lauer family is going through. Your blog post was a poignant reminder of what an earthly loss we suffered; but a reminder of what a great heavenly gain was made by Kit's entrance last night. Thank you for bringing it all home for us.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I forgot to sign my name to the previous post.

Doug Spencer

Lita said...

Beautiful...

Debbie said...

Thank you for finding these perfect, beautiful words to speak the heart of everyone single person who has known and loved Kit, who know and love his amazing family. My flesh is in excruciating pain with everyone here but my spirit is rejoicing with the heavens...

Maisha said...

I am without words. that is just so beautiful...thank you. My heart is so broken as I know, on this earth, my daddy will never see his grandchildren. He will not be there as my constant advice giver or to walk me down the aisle someday. But heaven has gained a wonderful treasure as he is what you say...the greatest man I have ever known. And he was my dad.
I love you guys sooo much and I place my hope in eternity with you!
hugs, kisses and love.
Maisha

Ron and Barbara said...

Thank you for your beautiful words.

SaraJane Stanley said...

Thank you for blessing us with your words. You hit the nail on the head! Kit was like no other! I wonder if he and Joey are having a jam session right now! :) LOVE YOU ALL.

lorensaved77 said...

Aloha Karen
Your words are so Beautiful,and eloquent!
I loved your last paragraph, this is my heart these days and you said it perfectly in that "One by one, our treasures are going to Heaven and our tears are falling on the hard ground of this earth. May each tear soften our hearts and harden our faith. May we, as Kit did so beautifully to his last breath, honor Christ while we are in this body."
Wow! you took the words right out of my thoughts
Blessings to you and your Family and please remember I think of you often,I Pray for you often, and even walk by our place on the Grass/Beach often reminiscing our Great talks there!
Miss you friend!

Bill and Lu Kepler said...

Your words take my breath away. Thanks. Today we sang it again, what has become the song of new life at Hope Chapel--"You give and take away, You give and take away..." Tears flowed freely down Lu's face, and mine. We were crying for Kit, but it was surprising to realize in that moment that in a huge way we were crying for Joey too, and for Joe and Karen. I will never sing that song again without thinking of you, Karen.

michael, ciara and mikaela said...

Absolutely perfect! So honoring and real. A beautiful representation of Uncle Kit. I just love reading it over and over again. It has been such a comforting thing for me, we miss him so much already.

Thank you for your love and prayers for our baby too! We truly feel "carried". We love you!

Anonymous said...

Karen, Wow, I felt your words go straight to my heart. I know so well about having to let go and knowing that in the end we are so blessed to be able to share it with God. I did not know Kit as long as you but the years I did will be treasured.

Nick and Sharon

Anonymous said...

While we did not know Kit well, we did have the opportunity to hear him at Hope on several occasions on our visits to Maui and we know how much he was loved by all of Hope

We rejoice that he loved the Lord and we mourn with Hope and Kit's family on the loss of such a wonderful, gifted and godly man.

Don and Vivian Isaak

Anonymous said...

Kit till his last moment of awareness was giving glory to God. The last thing he did was with his hands, like a conductor, keep beat with his family and me at his bedside, as we we were singing "I lift my eyes up to the mountains. Where does my help comes from? My help comes from You, Maker of Heaven... O how I love you Lord. You are my only hope."

I'm going to really miss my bro...Mr. Friday Night.

Craig Englert

Josh Goodman said...
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Josh Goodman said...

Well said. Kit truly was the greatest man I have ever known. The little giant of a man has left us with a beautiful legacy.

Anonymous said...

Dear Karen,

You have developed this incredible ministry of words. As I follow the blogs posted on Hope Chapel I am always so encouraged and comforted by your expression of love and support to others.

Many of us, as myself, have a hit and run approach to keeping updated on the lives expressed in the blogs. You take the time to leave the words that bring so much healing and hope.

Today we will celebrate Kits life. The loss to us is trememdous but his contribution to the kingdom beyond compare. He will be missed greatly.

Toni Spence