My dear nephew, Lincoln Joseph McCormick, was the sweetest, smartest, kindest, bravest, 8-year-old boy to ever walk this Earth.
He was an amazing son, the most incredible brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and a compassionate friend and classmate. He was loved beyond measure and will continue to be celebrated daily by those of us that hold him close in our hearts.
Following a tragic accident at his home on the evening of May 29th, 2022 we trust that Lincoln is now in the arms of Jesus.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39ESV
I have such a deep gratitude in my heart for both this online community and our local community. I appreciate the way you all have shown up for our family while we have been begun this journey or grieving well.
After the celebration of Lincoln’s life on June 6th, 2022 our family and our community of friends all gathered outside on the church sidewalk hugging, crying, clinging to each other for comfort, and giving Lincoln one last shout of “Weeee looooove youuuuu!!” (A family tradition we do when we leave each other’s homes). Then his earthly body was driven away.
I stood back and looked at the crowd gathered across the front of the church. Incredible!
If you were there you may have seen me back up and snap a picture of all of you, our tribe, in the moment that we needed you most. Thank you for being there.
You haven’t seen that picture anywhere online, because I wanted that picture for us.
I printed it out and tucked it into an envelope to remind my brother and sister-in-law in the coming years that Lincoln’s life was grand and his impact was profound. Whenever we need that reminder, I know we can reach out to one of you in that photo.
You guys, my nephew was so incredible in so many ways! I have heard countless stories of how he touched people in this community and I can’t help but smile at how well he lived his life.
God blessed us with 8 1/2 years with Lincoln. As his aunt, would I have liked more? Absolutely! Yet, I am finding a way in my head and heart to trust God’s plan.
I know the story of his life and his good character will keep impacting this world. Our family will never forget his bravery, courage, and the way he got so amped up when telling a good story! Lincoln could captivate an audience just as his namesake/great-grandfather could.
I want to remind his parents (my brother and sister-in-law), and myself, of the way we felt loved and supported on our toughest days.
Over the past several weeks so many people in our community have shared stories that have touched my heart like never before. Some have been about Lincoln, some about their own grief and loss, and the memories and emotions they have been flooded with while watching us grieve.
Some friendly faces at the funeral and visitation hadn’t met Lincoln but were there this past week because they love one of us.
We love you, too. Thank you.
I pray that from this day forward we will all remember what it means to “just show up”.
Even when we feel awkward and don’t think we have the right words, showing up and being present matters. I can assure you I have forgotten many of the specific words that were said to me, but I remember the way people have made me feel.
I have a greater appreciation of what the word “community” truly means.
Life is precious and fragile. Please, be gentle with yourself and others. Live well, go do things that make you happy, and take more pictures.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.Psalm 116:15 ESV
When you think of my nephew, Lincoln Joseph McCormick, I hope you envision him nestled safely in the arms of Jesus, smiling. I hope his name and any memory you have of him make YOU smile.