I don't even know where to start in writing this. Nothing I write will do justice to the life lived or bring a dear friend to so many people back.
This week, countless people said goodbye to a dear friend. Gabby touched so many lives. She was dedicated, talented, and an absolutely sweet girl. She had the biggest smile of anyone I've ever met, and was rarely seen without it. Everyone knew her and loved her. She was a beautiful girl with a lovely voice and a personality that drew everyone to her. She was at camp every year, working concessions with her sister and her mom, and reached out to everyone she met. She brought so much laughter and fun to working out at the campgrounds for five weeks at a time. As I looked at the messages left on her page, I can't help but notice the endless lives that she touched during her short nineteen years on this earth. She was loved by all of us and will be sorely missed.
What happened this week was a tragedy. Sometimes we don't understand what God does and why he does it. That's not a very comforting statement, but it's the truth. He has a bigger purpose and a plan than any of us could ever dream of comprehending. God loves Gabby even more than we do, and this is why we have to trust in His perfect will in this terrible time. She's home now and she's at peace, and we will see her very soon.