Saturday, October 01, 2016
Like many have been, I've been praying together with my daughter every night for little Jacob Hall, since I heard the six-year-old boy had been shot in the leg by a teenager on a shooting spree, and was reported to be in critical condition in the hospital.
Jacob died today, surrounded by his family at Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital. The following is a statement issued by his parents, Renae and Rodger Hall,
“Jacob came into our lives six years and four months ago and changed it completely. He showed us how to love, laugh and smile even on days we did not want to. God gave him to us and he was taken away from us by a senseless act.
We know that Jacob has already forgiven this child for what he did to him and his family because that's the kind of child he was. Jacob was sent to this earth for this short a period of time to show us that there is such a thing as pure love. Jacob is in heaven with God now and everyone who loves him. Words cannot express how much we will miss him.”
I want to follow the example of Jacob and his parents, and hold on to pure love and forgiveness in the middle of a world that is filled with hurt and injustice. But right now I'm just feeling really sad. Goodbye Jacob.