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Remembering Scott McCreedy: Friend & Faithful Reader

July 24, 2011

Scott McCreedy left a mark on so many lives with his smile, genuine spirit, and servant’s heart. I met Scott in the 6th grade at Southwest Middle School in High Point, NC.

I remember taking classes with Scott, that he was a gifted soccer player, was one of the first guys in our class to grow facial hair, and that everyone liked Scott (especially the girls!).

I graduated from high school with him in 2000. From 2000-2009, I didn’t know Scott but when we reconnected on Facebook a few years ago, I found out he had served our country in the Navy as a rescue swimmer and I was so proud of him.

In July 2009, he sent a Facebook message to me out of the blue that I had saved. Here’s what it said:

Thanks.

Hey Samantha,

I just wanted to let you know that I am really enjoying reading your Blogs… I am going through a tough transition in my life and your thoughts/words are really helpful… thanks and god bless…. keep reaching out, there are alot out there who need it.

Best for you and your family,

Scott

I didn’t know Scott was reading my blog and ironically, I was going through a time where I wanted to quit blogging. His note encouraged me to keep pressing on and that God was speaking to his heart. Just a few weeks ago, he “liked” a new Facebook page I had created and a quote I posted by A.W. Tozer. I was very appreciative of his continued support and encouragement with my writing.

That was the last I really “heard” from him and yesterday I found out the shocking news that he had taken his life. I had trouble sleeping last night and my heart just breaks again today. My husband has been helping me process it all.

Scott’s father wrote a very thoughtful post on Facebook explaining Scott’s struggle with depression and his request that we pray for God’s mercy and love. I appreciated that his father took the time to share his heart. It helped bring peace to my heart.

Many people I know battle with depression, anxiety, and hopelessness on a daily basis. I have dealt with some anxiety and depression (postpartum) after having my second child. No one ever fully knows a person’s situation or struggle and the darkness they feel. I think it’s important to be compassionate and not judgmental towards those who are experiencing such inner turmoil and pain.

I am thankful that on the cross, Jesus crushed sin and death once and for all and that today, our ultimate hope is in Him. The historical resurrection of Christ is our present hope that Jesus will fulfill his promises in the future when he will heal the hurting hearts and bring life to those who love and trust in Him.

I believe that Scott is with His Savior and that all his tears and pain have been wiped away. My heart is sad because his life has been cut short, but I’m looking forward to when we will all experience a fullness and an abundance to life that none of us have yet seen or known.

We love you Scott and you will be missed greatly.

** Additional resources if you’re grieving the loss of a loved one:

Coping with Death and Grief- Focus on the Family article

What Happens When You Die? John Piper Audio Sermon and article

A Christian Perspective on Grief- audio

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristin Raffo permalink
    July 24, 2011 5:52 pm

    Very nice words Samantha!!! I will continue to pray for Scott and all who loved him!

  2. July 25, 2011 8:55 am

    i am kinds hurt i have losing people that are so much better than I.

  3. July 25, 2011 8:57 am

    I’m sorry i ment to say I hate losing people that I think deserve so many more chances than I in life but all the good ones get taking good luck scott (see ya when i get there)

  4. July 25, 2011 9:09 am

    Awesome tribute to Scott. Very well said. He was a great guy and touched many lives. He will be missed.

  5. July 25, 2011 3:56 pm

    I’m so sorry. I attended a conference this weekend with a sweet friend who lost her husband this same way after a long battle with bipolar and depression. Her heart is for the family of believers who struggle with depression and mental illness. She has taught me a lot about depression and mental illness in the church and how when we need each other most we tend to hide our struggle with depression. And sometimes how the church responds, sadly effects the reasons we want to hide the issue. I said a prayer for your friend’s family and for you too.

    • July 26, 2011 1:56 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Melody. This is definitely an issue the church needs to understand and be compassionate towards. Thank you for reading.

  6. July 25, 2011 4:31 pm

    Oh Samantha! I’m so sorry for the sadness that you’re feeling and the grief you’re sharing with those who know and loved Scott.

    I just want to share a (hopefully) encouraging thought regarding your words, “his life was cut short.”

    We serve a sovereign God. From beginning to end we are not outside of His grasp. That means that no life is cut short. What it means is that Scott’s purposes on this earth have been accomplished.
    Of course this doesn’t diminish any sadness and that’s not my intention but rather it should give hope. I, for one, do not want to be on this earth longer than God has ordained for me to glorify Him here. So much rather be with Him in glory!
    Much love to you!

    • July 26, 2011 1:58 pm

      Thank you for that Rhonda. You are right on. I often forget that. Much love to you as well.

  7. jennifer portee permalink
    July 26, 2011 8:12 am

    Scott was awesome in highschool everyone loved him, but you know that Samantha Edwards. Blogging is great because you can reach so many people, you never know who you touch. Scott will be missed by many even those that were not close to him.

    • kendrick allen permalink
      July 26, 2011 12:04 pm

      I agree! Samantha you never know who u touch with your words. People appreicate encouragement they just don’t say it out loud all the time.

  8. July 27, 2011 1:55 pm

    Found your posts through The High Calling digest and want to send love and encouragement to you, and to Scott’s family as well. Blessings!

    • July 29, 2011 8:59 am

      thanks so much Cheryl. It is much appreciated. Glad to see you’re on the High Calling as well. God Bless.

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