Rick Burgess (of the Award Winning Rick & Bubba Radio Show) Gives Memorial Service for His 2 1/2 year old son Bronner after his drowing — Tuesday, January 22, 2008)

February 8, 2008 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment

Rick Burgess (Rick & Bubba radio show) was one of the featured speakers at the Strength To Stand youth conference a few weekends ago in Pigeon Forge.  Saturday night after Rick had finished speaking to over 7000 people, he was given the tragic news that his youngest son, Bronner (2 1/2), had drowned in the family swimming pool [one of five children, their youngest].  

The crowd was told the next morning.   Rick spoke at Bronner’s memorial service at their home church in Alabama.  The POWERFUL message was recorded and is available at www.rickandbubba.com [in three parts, total about 30 min]. 

Here’s one quote from it that spoke to me.  I hope we can keep the same perspective in light of this week’s tornado tragedies:

So I was on the airplane getting ready to be prepared for that horrible moment.  You’ve been there.  I looked out the window and I could see the moon and the stars, and I said, “What are you doing?  Father?  Saviour?  What are you doing?  What are you trying to teach me? This is a hard lesson.”
…He said, “What I want from you is for you to go to the next level of spreading the message of salvation.”
I’m going to be about His business. More so than ever, more inspired than ever, which is where Satan made his mistake…but, I can’t do it by myself.  I want the death of our child to energize ALL believers to get about the business of preaching the gospel.  Quit trying to be defined by what you do at work, quit trying to be defined by what you accomplished in your hobbies, quit trying to have your children be defined by how they do in little league or how good they do in the classroom or the lack thereof.  Start being defined by the amount of people that you present the gospel to that God brings ’em to Him.  Be defined as a father and a mother by how godly and powerful your children are as warriors for the kingdom of God… 
I’m going to call on a lot of you to toughen up a little bit.  You are too easily defeated.  You get destroyed by NOTHING.  Be strong.  He gave his all for you.  Give him something.  Stop this pathetic walk…go in there expecting some treasures.  Give him all you’ve got, ’cause he did.  That’s my challenge for you…don’t let our baby be taken in vain, make something happen.”   
As a result of Rick’s challenge, people have told him “Today, in honor of your son, I shared Christ for the first time in my office, at work, with my friends”.  One man shared that he talked to four people in his office at one time about Christ. 
If that kind of passion about Christ can be generated over the loss of a 2 1/2 year old sweet little boy, I wonder how we can be energized to stay passionate about what really matters right now.  People are scared, searching, and afraid.  Can we share with them the hope that we have, even in the midst of it all? 
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