Raven’s Story Was Told

Today was the Celebration of Life for sweet Miss Raven Goff. Her story was told, and it was told in the most beautiful way possible by the people who loved her the most. The words that come to mind are: eloquent, grace, strength, courage, awe, brave, and inspiring.

As the family walked in, the song, Reckless Love by Cory Asbury played. The Celebration started with those sweet words, “Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me. You have been so, so good to me. Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me. You have been so, so kind to me.” I think that is the most beautiful part of this story and this message, that even in tragedy, God has been glorified, and His goodness has been proclaimed over and over.

Pastor Rick of Pathway church had the perfect mix of love, humor, and hope. He gave a powerful message about Raven’s story and how she helped the world to forget all of the things that separate us, even if only for a moment.

Tanner Trujillo and Shane Goff stood on stage with thousands of people watching and they told their love story. It was perfect, because it was real. They spoke of their divorce without the venom or anger that we associate with that word. They spoke of working hard to be in unity for the sake of their child, yet another message I hope the world sees and hears.

As Tanner stood near the podium, she watched Shane with the fierceness and protectiveness that only a mother could. She stood by him in unity, #TeamRaven all the way. Protecting her daughter’s message from speculation or rumor. As Pastor Rick said, there are no sides, it’s about Raven’s Side. It’s about Team Raven. Tanner displayed unconditional love and respect for her child’s father, while honoring both of their current spouses and families. Throughout the service Raven’s family, biological and bonus, were honored. This is how it should be. This family’s willingness to fight for love and fight to glorify God together, that is what is reaching the entire world.

We naturally reflect on the story and it triggers memories in our own life, perhaps times of loss. For me, I think back to losing pregnancies. I lost a child before I knew him, I was twenty weeks pregnant. I was mad at God about it. I quested everything, because it didn’t go how I planned for it to go. I had a total of five miscarriages, and each time I don’t think I handled it with very much grace and dignity. I appreciated Tanner and Shane showing their emotions and deep wounds that this has left. In total strength, Tanner expressed how much she feels and battles and the human side of it all. She did it with strength and grace, like she always does. However, I connected with her, knowing that keeping her eyes on Christ and resting in His faithfulness is exactly what’s holding her together.

I think what stood out to me most was how the service ended with Elevation Worship’s song, Do It Again. It was the perfect reminder that no matter what you are facing, God has not failed you, He hasn’t left you.

When nothing else makes since, this one thing we can rely on, God is good and He is faithful. Even when we fell alone, He hasn’t left us. Even when we don’t understand, He is at work. Even when it feels like we have lost it all, He has never failed us.

Walking around these walls
I thought by now they’d fall
But You have never failed me yet
Waiting for change to come
Knowing the battle’s won
For You have never failed me yet

Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You’ve never failed me yet

I know the night won’t last
Your Word will come to pass
My heart will sing Your praise again
Jesus, You’re still enough
Keep me within Your love
My heart will sing Your praise again

Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed

Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed me yet

Do It Again, Elevation Worship

The service can be viewed in its entirety at https://pathway.church/media/livestream/

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  1. I’ve been praying since that Sunday night, I saw a post asking for prayers for Raven and family. Our journey with Raven 💜💗💜 has been so touching and heartbreaking all at the same time. I believe there have been thousands around the world accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. There are hundreds of thousands renewing their lives to be a faithful servant of Jesus. Fly High Little Black Bird,
    💗💜Raven💜💗God, continue to give strength and a peace that passes all understanding for Tanner, Shane, family and friends. I ask in your Son’s holy name, Jesus Christ 🙏🏽

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  2. Wow what a testimony! God is the ONLY ONE that can give us the strength and peace one needs during this very hard time. Raven is with Jesus how wonderful is that-she will never have to go through heartache or sadness or pain or breakups or peer pressure because Jesus said I want you home with me. Your story has made me cry, smile and even convicted me of things I need to change. God bless all of you!!

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  3. I have been following little Raven’s story when someone shared it on social media. I am in awe of this family’s display of strength, courage, and love despite the tragedy of what has occurred. It took a story like this to remind me of how precious life really is. I will always think of Raven when I see the magnificent pink and purple sunsets we have in New Mexico. May God continue to bless and hold this precious precious family.

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  4. This is truly the most awe inspiring family/story I have ever come across. Tanner and Shane and their families are incredible human beings. My heart absolutely breaks for them, for their pain and loss of their beautiful Raven. I will continue to keep the entire family in my prayers. Fly high black bird, fly high sweet precious girl.

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