It was about 15 months ago that doctors said Matthew only had weeks to live. But Matthew proved them wrong. He fought an incredible fight.
I have never heard a voice sound as pure and innocent as Matthew's. It is as angelic as his face. I was always amazed that a boy with such amazing fight and courage could have such a sweet voice. I was always taken back by how small he looked on the large hospital beds on the cancer floor at Children's. He would be surrounded by IV and monitor lines. But I would feel so relaxed as I watched him sit there playing with his trucks, wearing that wonderful calm smile.
Matthew never gave up. he fought to the end, and is now free from cancer and pain.
But the pain still remains for the rest of us, especially his family. As Bob Dylan says, "When you have nothing to lose, that's when you find out you can still lose a little bit more."
I believe that the purpose of life is not found in the number of our years. Rather, it is found in the impact we have on others. Matthew Barr impacted every one who meet him.
Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein - H. Jackson Browne
I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moments gone. - Kansas
And though you want to last forever, You know you never will. And the good-bye makes the journey harder still. -Cat Stevens
Conduct yourselves wisely, making the best use of the time -Colossians 4:5
You have a gift and you best start using it, cause if you don't, your gonna wind up losing it. So get busy like a school boy making an "A", cause time my brother is ticking away. -DC Talk