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A heart fully committed

Tylers 23rd birthday is tomorrow. If some Christian producer wanted to create a movie in regards to a son completely sold-out to God, confident in his faith, always ready to be considered a positive witness, and something who demonstrated his relationship with Jesus in his life, he need search no further.

Tyler always believed in God somehow. Oh, he previously the positive influence of a Christian mom among others but, in the teen years, even probably the most dedicated have a tendency to go through an emergency of faith. His came early.

It had been in the 4th grade when he started to question the existence of God. Was there a God? Are we developed by him or are we just accidents of the universe? Typical, even at that young age, he made a decision to investigate and analyze.

He acquired the book, The Lie, by Australian Ken Hamm and, reading it, figured God was real indeed. He never looked back rather than wavered nor faltered from then on. His faith was cemented and kept growing. From that point his heart was fully committed.

A believer in creation, instead of evolution, in the 6th grade he was troubled by way of a teachers focus on evolution as an undeniable fact, not just a theory. Having developed a company opinion on the problem, Tyler debated the teacher. Very quickly, his mother, Janece Risty, was called to the principals office.

The teacher was complaining he spent so enough time debating Tyler he was getting farther and farther behind in his lesson plan. The perfect solution is was offered: Tyler would stay static in any office for the rest of the teaching and, in exchange, will be given an A.

Tyler asked for more he requested permission to start out an after-school club for students thinking about studying about creation. He received it and several about half twelve students met together regularly.

There will be a price to cover. Six classmates, who looked unfavorably on Tylers open Christianity, took it upon themselves to mercilessly bully young Tyler. Finding their courage in the mob, the boys continually punched him and pummeled him at school. It had been if they cornered him at school with a box cutter and told him they might kill him the very next day he was taken off the general public school and put into an exclusive one.

In Lynchburg, Va., he started to blossom. He was athletic and played sports, especially football. While a higher school freshman, he joined up with Skiers and Snowboarders for Christ, and competed in snowboarding competitions. He used playing your guitar and, unusual for a boy his age, took a pastime in the Rat Pack, a casual band of entertainers from 1955, and he especially enjoyed the music of Frank Sinatra. He was an excellent student and labeled super-smart by his mother.

His sophomore year began at Northgate SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in Coweta County, Ga., following the family relocated. Tyler continued to call home out his faith. In the mornings before school, he’d browse the New Testament for around 30 minutes. At school, he’d invite students ahead early to school for Bible study. During the night, along with school work, he’d find time and energy to spend another half hour in the Old Testament.

Mother and son attended Dogwood Church in Peachtree City and, in 2013, were baptized together. Tyler was also mixed up in youth group at South Metro Ministries in Coweta County and was a participant in two additional Bible studies. He also hosted a monthly group at his home.

A teacher sent his mother a contact sharing how it had been a joy to possess Tyler as students. She said he was always preaching his faith in Christ through English writing assignments which he’d then volunteer to learn.

Again, his open faith would carry with it a cost. He was threatened by so-called tough guys in the institution who threatened at lunchtime to Fhim up. Tylers response was to pray for his tormentors and skip lunch altogether for all of those other year and study in the library. He didnt hold grudges, didnt become angry. He simply distributed to his mother that, They just need Jesus.

Girls liked Tyler. To begin with, he was wickedly handsome and, for another, he respected them. He believed in boundaries, like the boundary of no sex before marriage. Girls were safe with Tyler. Ironically, Tylers plans for future years didn’t include being truly a minister. He previously designs on being truly a mechanical engineer. At one point he expressed fascination with doing work for NASA.

On December 21, 2013 Tyler had a dream where he was on an operating room table surrounded by doctors working around his head. Then, he saw himself on a mountain top with Jesus standing close to him pointing in to the valley. His aunt, Angela Northrop, had the same dream. In the aunts dream, Jesus took Tylers hand and together they ascended.

It had been on July 21, 2014, while aware of a girlfriend, a massive headache sent him to the bottom and triggered a seizure. He told his girlfriend, Call Mom. The ambulance and a healthcare facility followed. Nine days later, Tyler Gabriel Liebl, age 16, was dead from the massive brain bleed.

Tyler died on a Wednesday. That evening, the youth at South Metro Ministries held a memorial service for the son who was simply so much part of their lives. During an altar call some 30 teens committed their lives to Christ. The funeral service, days later, happened at a standing room-only Christ the King Church. Other teenagers made dedication there, too.

In the times that followed, Janece found a lot more proof Tylers faith in a diary, in notes left in his Bible, and in letters he wrote to God. In these letters were prayers he prayed for the bullies, questions he had, and praises he offered. Every letter to God was signed: Love, your son, Tyler.

Through the miracle of modern medicine, Tylers life of sacrifice continued with organ donations. Twenty-three people had their lives saved or influenced by Tylers organs. Seventeen-year old Lance Frye of Irwin, Penn., was the recipient of Tylers heart. Janece became quite close with Lance and his family which led to visits to Pennsylvania and reciprocal visits to Georgia. Both families vacationed together.

Probably the most meaningful gifts Lance gave to Tylers mom was a teddy bear. When she squeezed the paw, the toy would emit a heartbeat. It had been a recording of Tylers heart now beating in Lances chest.

A couple of years later, Lance was identified as having cancer. Janece visited him and his family in Erwin, Penn. When things got worse, she stayed with him in a healthcare facility when Lances parents needed some recovery time. She prayed with him and, upon returning home, prayed with him every evening on calling. Right before Christmas 2018, Lance died. He was 21 yrs . old, having been given a supplementary four years by Tylers heart.

Tyler had your dog, a lady boxer named Brigeta, called, for short, Bree. Even today, once the paw of the bear is squeezed, Bree hurries to the bear and lies down onto it, her head close to the beating heart.

Tyler Libel could have been 23. It is stated that the thing one really results in, our only true legacy, how exactly we continue to go on, is inside our family and in the influence we’ve had on other folks. If this be Tylers measure, then, truly, he lives. He lives.

[David Epps may be the Rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King ( Through the crisis, the church is live streaming at 10: 00 a.m. on Sundays at He could be the bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-South He might contacted at]

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