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David, a young boy remembered 22 years later

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This is part two of an excerpt from Life’s Leadership Lessons, a collection of 53 leadership articles designed for personal reflection or for use in leadership development meetings. ©2007 by Rick Weaver and used here with permission.

For part one of this two-part article, click here.

My youngest son?

I was numb. We had petitioned God in prayer for over a decade before He blessed us with David, our only biological child. Now He had taken him back?

This could not be.

Why after only 1,027 days on Earth would He be taking David away?

The peace that passes all understanding

Never did I truly understand the peace available through God until the days that followed. I truly believe He sent the Holy Spirit specifically to me. Someone had to keep me from passing out or falling over when the nurses delivered their news.

Labor Day weekend plans of a family reunion quickly changed. The family still got together, however the circumstances were now different.

Friends from work, people from our church, people from other churches, and total strangers were praying for us.

The strangest thing is that I could actually feel their prayers. That’s right – I could feel their prayers.

Never have I felt closer to God than during these days.

Days passed. Months passed. Years passed.

People stopped praying.

The closeness of God diminished.

But the truth remained. No matter what challenges I face or what circumstances fall into my path, God’s peace is available.

It is available to me, it is available to you.

The single most important leadership quality

At the beginning of this book I pointed out that everybody was born to be a leader. It is simply a matter of taking the people, places, and things that we encounter on the pathways of life and see how they work to teach us.

David’s death taught me the rest of the story. Not only are we all born to lead, we are all born to follow. When life’s pathway narrows because of personal difficulties, it is sometimes necessary for a leader to follow another’s leadership. This requires the single most important leadership quality – placing your trust in the Highest Authority.

This is an excerpt from Life’s Leadership Lessons, a collection of 53 leadership articles designed for personal reflection or for use in leadership development meetings. ©2007 by Rick Weaver and used here with permission.

Important note:

Memorial:A scholarship fund has been established in David Weaver’s memory. To donate to the fund click here or send your gift to:

Rochester College

David Weaver Scholarship Fund

800 West Avon Road

Rochester Hills, MI 48307

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