Saturday, April 23, 2016

Christopher Sparkman's Alive Day

Two years ago this coming Friday, our lives changed forever when Christopher Sparkman was made a victim of a shooting, and shot at point blank range with a shotgun by a FedEx employee in Kennesaw, GA. More trauma than we could have ever imagined has unfolded, and we are still so far from the finish line, but every step we are walking through together. There are many emotions we can feel as we reflect on this day - grief, anger, gratitude, regret...just to name a few.

When I asked my husband how he wanted to spend his "alive day" this year, he said something which inspired me and broke my heart at the same time - a rare feeling that I believe is the foundation for goodness and change in our hearts.

Chris wants to run.

If you had the pleasure of knowing my husband before the shooting, then you know how incredibly athletic he was. Actually, he was annoyingly athletic. He was the soldier in his battalion that would wake up BEFORE required PT, just to run a little more. He was the soldier that would run alongside those striving to do better. He was the best friend helping people lose weight. He was the husband that would drag me to a track after work and pushed me to run further and faster. He always gave 110% to anything competitive, and he was an adrenaline junkie who loved the wind in his face, the trail under his shoes, and an impossibly steep mountain ahead of him.

This Friday, April 29th, I wanted to invite anyone who has the ability to crawl, walk, or run...to run a mile for Christopher Sparkman.

Someone asked me recently what Chris needs right now. He needs encouragement. He needs to know you are there. He needs a reminder that he is not just another statistic from a shooting, but a SOLDIER who still has a lot of fight left in him.

One day Chris WILL run again. Will you run for him now?

Run for Chris this Friday. Wherever you are, whenever you can.

Happy Alive Day, Chris.
- your Wife.










10 comments:

  1. Sharing and passing the word. We will be running.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Sharing and passing the word. We will be running.

    ReplyDelete
  3. As the caretaker for my own husband I can identify with all you are saying! Miraculously God has gifted you in such a way that you can care for your sweet husband and all his needs. But, that doesn't mean you don't need prayer and encouragement for yourself! I will continue to pray for you for wisdom, peace, and an unfailing Spiritual and physical strength, as well as healing for Christopher!

    ReplyDelete
  4. wow this is wonderful blog you have shared, thanks you very much.
    best muslim dating sites

    ReplyDelete
  5. My Mom took care of my Dad for 39.5 years after he had encephalitis and stroke, he was semi-paralyzed on his right side. She was a loving, caring wife to the man she loved.....just like you! God bless you and Christopher - with His help you can/are doing just what you should be doing! ------Teresa

    ReplyDelete
  6. Each time I used to always check blog posts within the first hours in the break of day, because I like to get information increasingly more.

    click to investigate

    ReplyDelete
  7. Nice post.Great blog.Thanks for sharing. It was very interesting and meaningful.
    Also checkout Surgical instruments Australia

    ReplyDelete
  8. Very informative and well written post! Quite interesting and nice topic chosen for the post.
    Also checkout Surgical Instrument

    ReplyDelete
  9. I read your whole blog. Your work is really good and inseparable .Thanks for sharing.
    Also checkout Security services Melbourne

    ReplyDelete
  10. I read your whole blog. Your work is really good and inseparable .Thanks for sharing.
    Also checkout Security services Melbourne

    ReplyDelete