Peter was someone that if you had met him, you would not forget. He loved God,
family, and friends with all his heart. He was a hard worker and had a deep love and
commitment to his family. He loved people and would do anything for them and
sacrifice everything he had if he thought it would help someone.
Peter had an innocent soul and a childlike faith in God that was the most beautiful
thing to experience. With that kind of special faith, it empowered him to love so
completely, fully, and with his whole heart. Peter would reach out to anyone and he
didn’t care what they looked like or what their sins were. He even reached out to
those who had hurt him badly. You could call him naive but I call him a man full of
grace and forgiveness.
Peter was making plans and preparing to go to Bible College after the holidays
were over. On New Years Eve, December 31st , 2017 he was with friends in the
woods, and got lost with temperatures below freezing for several days. We found
him three days later, but he was already safe and warm in the arms of Jesus
experiencing fullness of joy! Peter left this world and is living in God’s presence, and
that is right where he always wanted to be.
Peter’s genuine love for people will be his lasting legacy. So go and #lovelikepeter
did. Love unconditionally. Love outrageously. Love endlessly. And even though
Peter would be thrilled that people would look to him as an example of love, I know
he would challenge us to not love like him, but to love even greater. Love like Jesus.
So here is our challenge to #lovelikepeter and more importantly, love like Jesus.
We believe that Peter would love it if we challenged all who are touched by his story
to pick up where he left off and accept the challenge of loving unselfishly, loving
blindly to all people. Like Peter, let’s challenge ourselves to be childlike in trusting
God with our love and service.
Let this hashtag symbolize and commemorate his beautiful life inspiring us to do
the same. #lovelikepeter. Share it. Live it. Pass it on. Write about it. Tweet it. Post
on Facebook about it. Instagram it.