August 21st, 2018

The Hands and Feet of Jesus

In today’s individualistic society it is hard to picture a group of people who surround each other with love and unconditional support. The early Christian Church, as portrayed in the book of Acts, was convinced that the group came first. They were devoted to fellowship and community. They were unified and had one purpose. My whole life I was sceptical that the modern day church could step up and surround people with this kind of love. I saw it played it only a few times in my lifetime and never in my lifetime would I think I would see the church act so selflessly in the events surrounding my own life.

In the moments following Noah’s drowning, we called out to our church family. Immediately, our church wept with us and prayed with us. The entire Sunday Service was dedicated to Noah. They didn’t give up hope that God could perform a miracle in Noah’s little life. They reached out with messages, songs, and verses that provided hope for our broken hearts. When we arrived home, they provided meals, gifts that honoured Noah and encouragement. In our grief, they carried us. 

God intended us to be in a community. A tight knit community of believers where we have one purpose – to help the world encounter Jesus! Unbelievers look at us and need to see that we are different; that we have hope and we display the love of Jesus.  Church – you showed this. In our suffering, you suffered. You wrapped us up in the love of the Father. I know sceptics observed your every move, and you proved our Heavenly Father so proud.

Church, it is an honour to do this crazy adventure called life with you. You have become our family. You displayed the love of Christ in ways I have never experienced. I am honoured that Noah got to see love portrayed this way in the church. You are the hands and feet of Jesus here on earth.

A City of Angels

I vividly remember sitting in room 2015 at Arnold Palmer, laying next to our son and being so angry at the world around me for continuing on - even the wind was blowing through the trees. I wanted to yell "STOP! Noah isn't here anymore. How can this world go on without him?!"

And then we arrived back in Calgary, AB and drove into our community of Auburn Bay and we realized the world did stop. The community of Auburn Bay stopped and recognized my beautiful Noah. They tied blue ribbons down the main street. Our street put their Christmas lights on (Noah’s loved Christmas lights) as a tribute to him in the middle of March.   The whole community rallied behind us to show us love.

A City of Angels
A City of Angels

We were on our knees in awe of the kindness and love our community showed Noah. Every single card, message, meal, gift, and personal time or thoughts put into honouring Noah made us feel REAL JOY.

Auburn Bay and Calgary, it is a privilege and an honour to be your neighbour! In a world filled with negativity, this city shone light on what is good and wonderful about people and community! As we continue to navigate life without Noah, we will sing praise to this community and tell of the love you surrounded us with.

Don't ever stop being angels.

About Noah

Noah, beloved son of Luke and Ashley Catto of Calgary, AB, passed away surrounded by his loving family on March 18, 2018 at the age of 3 years. Noah was born in Calgary, Alberta on July 11, 2014. Noah was a boy full of life, joy, and light who loved Paw Patrol, cars, singing and playing outside.

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