Family and friends gathered at California’s Harvest Riverside in Arlington Avenue on Wednesday for a memorial service for the late Pastor Jarrid Wilson. The venue brimmed with love and support as everyone close to the pastor shared their messages of hope and gratitude.
Pastor Greg Laurie, Jarrid’s colleagues and friend, his wife Juli, and his brother Christian were among those who shared powerful messages of hope and about God’s purpose for our lives. Christian reminded everyone about our borrowed life here on Earth and to always give thanks to God for giving us life.
So honored to be apart of @harvestcrusades this weekend. It was amazing to serve and work alongside some of the most passionate and inspirational people I’ve ever met. Had to hit em with the @ben_courson 🤙🏼
366 Likes, 4 Comments – Christian Wilson (@christianjohnw) on Instagram: “So honored to be apart of @harvestcrusades this weekend. It was amazing to serve and work alongside…”
“The breath in our lungs is a gift, even though it may not seem like it always is. The breath in our lungs is a gift from God. Sometimes this gift feels like a burden and I understand that better than most. But God has given us the gift of life and the gift of his own breath,” Christian said.
“God is closer to us than the very breath that is in our lungs and that will not change because of our own circumstances. That will not change because we are frustrated. That will not change because we are confused, that will not change because we are angry or upset with God,” he continued.
To say I was honored to continue to speak about Jarrid’s mission and passion would be an understatement. I will never stop missing him, and I will never stop saying his name. * God is not done with Jarrid, this is just the beginning. Jarrid may not be here with us, but Jarrid is not gone. He wanted to transform the church and this world, he wanted to flip the conversation of mental illness on its head. * Jarrid has become a beacon of hope, and the catalyst for real change. Jarrid is still in this race and now he has given us a gift. He has passed the baton for change into the hands of each and every one of us, and it is up to us to continue his legacy. * @anthemofhope
1,339 Likes, 86 Comments – Christian Wilson (@christianjohnw) on Instagram: “To say I was honored to continue to speak about Jarrid’s mission and passion would be an…”
Christian reminded everyone at Jarrid’s memorial service that God is always there for us in every trial and every hardship that comes to our lives. He never abandons us and he echoed this sentiment in his Instagram post.
“Even when we don’t see Him, He is there. The more heartbroken and dispirited I feel, the more I’ve been able to notice how near God is. There is hope amidst our hopelessness, and His name is Jesus,” he wrote.
Christian said that he will never stop missing his brother and will always remember him as his inspiration and the light in his life. He also promised to continue Jarrid’s mission of helping people struggling through mental health problems through his organization Anthem of Hope.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for each and every prayer, donation, visit, words of encouragement and well wishes. Y’all have completely scooped the boys and I right up and are helping us move forward on this new path God is mapping out for us. I can say this with complete confidence: God is GOOD, He is NEAR and He CARES. There truly is no darkness that His light can’t pierce through. Hold on tight and trust Him. I am convinced that there is absolutely nothing that can separate us from his love…the darkest night doesn’t have a chance against him. I know that full well. He is for you. You can trust him. ♥️
46.2k Likes, 1,133 Comments – Julianne Wilson 🌿 (@itsjuliwilson) on Instagram: “Just wanted to say a huge thank you for each and every prayer, donation, visit, words of…”
Meanwhile, Jarrid’s wife Juli took to her Instagram to show her appreciation and gratitude at the overflowing love and support that she and her two boys have received in the wake of her husband’s death. Despite her grief, Juli remains positive and hopeful that God has better plans in store for them.
A California megachurch pastor who frequently spoke out on the issues of mental health and his own struggles with depression died on Monday by suicide at the age of 30. Subscribe to TIME ►► http://po.st/SubscribeTIME Get closer to the world of entertainment and celebrity news as TIME gives you access and insight on the people who make what you watch, read and share.