Ron owns a ranch west of Ft. Worth called Rocky Top. It sits on top of a mountain above the Brazos River. Ron & Deborah spent many years coming here with their children. The view is absolutely gorgeous and the feel of the ranch is that of a peaceful retreat. When no one is talking the silence is deafening. The ranch house itself is gorgeous and was built to look old. Ron shared a story that when the cabinet guy was putting in the kitchen cabinets, Ron asked him to “beat them with a hammer to make them look old and worn”. The carpenter said, “Mr. Hall with all due respect – I just can’t do that to my craft.” So Ron jumped in his truck and went and beat the cabinets himself!
A ways from the house is the cemetary that Ron & Denver built for Miss Debbie. Around the grave is a wrought iron fence with an archway that reads “Brazos del Dios” meaning “the arms of God.” Nearby is a leaning tree and a flat rock. This was Deborah’s favorite spot on the ranch. She felt the leaning tree and the flat rock made a natural gazebo. I sat on this rock with Ron today and stared at Deborah’s headstone. I said to Ron, “how is it that one life can cause someone to fly from Florida to come and see a glimpse of a life of someone whom I’ve never met? Could you ever imagine when Deborah died that you’d be sitting here with a complete stranger totally moved by her life?” Only God and Deborah’s obedience could orchestrate such a thing. I’m sure if someone told Deborah the impact that she would have for YEARS to come regarding homelessness and selflessness, she wouldn’t have been able to wrap her brain around it. Let her be an example of the impact and influence of one person.I can’t even begin to imagine the pain that Ron, Regan, Carson and Denver have felt. A pain I hope I don’t know anytime soon. But . . . knowing Deborah through Ron & Denver, I believe if God gave her an option to do it another way, I don’t know that she would have. Just in our listening area alone, look at the number of people who have been impacted by her story . . . and in turn are reaching out to our homeless brothers & sisters. We’ll never know how far reaching til we’re on the otherside of this life.
I believe Deborah was probably a lot like Paul. She counted it a joy to share in His sufferings, so that God may be glorified.
“. . . if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.”
1 Peter 2:20.
She is . . . after all . . . now in the arms of God.