Beyond Words

July 27, 1984 – a day that changed my life forever – when John Michael Gore entered this world.  He was the center of our life for 25 years. October 11, 2009, was the saddest day of my life when John Michael Gore took the hand of Jesus.  Though I knew he was at peace as he left, most of my heart went with him. My solace has been that even when he must have known that his time was short, his faith in God was never shaken.  My beautiful boy, whose life was a testimony to his love for his family, his friends, and those less fortunate, never faltered in his love for Jesus.

Dear John Michael,

 Eight years……. It is does not get any easier; in many ways, it is much harder as each day passes.  Not a day passes that I don’t shed a tear, wishing I just had one more moment to give you a hug, scratch your back, rub your feet – or hear your voice. I catch myself trying to remember every mole on your body, the shape of your toes, your slightly crooked bottom front teeth, your infectious smile…. I know that sounds silly, but I don’t want to ever forget anything about you!  You were my life, my reason to get up every day….. We lost our son, our best friend…. and, the one who inspired us to be better than we were, to be kind to all, and to love every moment of every day.

 This year I’m suddenly at a loss for words that flow freely….. my heart hurts and my body aches as I remember the wonderful life we had with you.

We will go forward, always, because you would expect nothing less from us.  You would be the first to say, “my mama never quits and never stops believing in the best of everyone and every situation.”

We love you, our baby boy you will always be.


When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.  ISAIAH 43:2







When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.  ISAIAH 43:2

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3 Responses to Beyond Words

  1. Arden Smith Humphrey says:

    Whenever October gets here each year, I stop my hectic life for a few moments to think of the loss of John Michael. I take down the old LCHS yearbooks, and I thumb through looking at pictures of him and remembering times when he made me laugh or we engaged in deep conversations. Such a lovely young man! I sometimes wonder if that is why he was here for such a short time on earth. Maybe John Michael’s spirit was too big for this world. My heart is with you, dear Marsha, and your precious Skip. I can only imagine how hard it is most days to go on, but especially so in October. Sending love and hugs, and sending up prayers for John Michael’s beautiful soul.

  2. Words well spoken. I had the privledge of seeing this family together. The love was amazing that they had to one another. The loyalty for each other never wavered. The faith was lived day by day in family and friends. The circle was complete but God said it was time for him to have a piece so he took one of the most important parts. The tears, memories and sadness try to close the circle. It it will always have that weak area. I understand as the pain never leaves. I love you both my griends my family. You remain in my prayers and thoughts. Hold on to memories until you meet again. Love you both forever

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