Please teach me, Lord.
I want to know
Exactly how to pray.
I need some words.
Which ones are right?
Please tell me what to say.
I've bowed my head,
I have knelt down,
But, should I be upright?
I've closed my eyes,
I've raised my hands,
Or should I fold them tight?
Do I stand up?
Should I sit down?
Dear Lord, what do You like?
Are lights turned on?
Or are they off?
Or maybe candle light?
Wear my glasses?
Take them off?
Be at my desk or table?
Should I whisper?
Speak out loud?
Do I quote the Bible?
What do You think
About the time?
Do You prefer the dawn?
Should I pray fast,
Or keep it slow?
Better short or long?
I'm new at this.
What are the rules?
I want to do it right.
How do I know
You'll even hear
That I am in Your sight?
And while I sat there quietly,
Waiting for some sign,
I heard a gentle voice say,
"Oh, dearest child of mine,
Do you think I really care
About the time of day,
Or whether you are standing up,
Or kneeling when you pray?"
"I don't care about your posture,
Or about the place you choose;
Just open up your soul to Me,
I have no other rules.
Tell Me what is in your heart,
And tell Me what you seek.
Tell Me of your sorrows,
And of things that make you weak."
"Speak to me in private
About what concerns you most.
I know about your good deeds;
You have no need to boast.
My child, you don't need lessons.
Just talk to Me each day.
Tell me anything you want, dear child,
Anyone can pray."
~ Virginia Ellis ~
(Copyright 1999)

Jamie and Kimbre…
Pray. Believe. Continue to talk to Reid everyday.
Don't stop fighting the black hole,
I know you can survive. It's hour
by hour right now, not soon enough,
but soon, it will be day by day.
~Love Suzanne…July 2, 2001

Reid, I love you and miss you terribly. It is getting harder and harder each day, missing you, touching you, hugging you, holding your hand. My dear son, I still feel as if I am taking care of you by many means that I am taking. I never imagined of every having to live without you and still cant imagine it. You have taken a large part of me with you that you will have and keep until the day that I can be with you again. Until then, my dear precious son, in my heart forever, my unconditional love for my son, you Reid, my joy, my happiness. Love now and hereafter, always, Mom July 5, 2001
Reid... I heard you were gone and it brought tears to my eyes. You were such a sweet guy. I knew you in Elementary and we wrote on the net for a while in Jr. High. I was even supposed to meet you and Allen at the mall one day, but my mom wouldnt take me. Since then, I hadnt heard your name until I got to work one day and Amber told me you had left us. It was soooo shocking. I had already missed the funeral, but since then, I couldnt get the tragedy out of my mind. I know I will get to see you in heaven. TO HIS FaMILY: Im so sorry this has happened! I know it is so hard! I know REid is watching over all of you! But, as you already know he is with our God and happiness is a weak word to describe the joys of heaven!
My heart and sympathy go out to Reid, his family, and his friends. I never knew him as well as I should have, but I heard nothing but good things about him whilst his name passed from person to person.

Keep your head up, eyes open. Rest in peace. Well see ya soon.

R.I.P - Reid
Although your not here, you will be remembered always.

Danny (tic)
Todd, Jimbo, Dawn, Mark, Tony, Jimmy and Dana

The overwhelming feeling of being lost, the endless pain that feels greater then anything you have ever felt, the hate and bitterness you feel because your best friend was taken away, all these emotions you feel is how deep your love is for Reid. Just as you can't stop loving someone overnight, you won't stop grieving overnight, not next month, not even in a year. Most people have shed their tears and will start moving on now, to them Reid will just be another on the list of those "taken too young". They don't understand, it hasn't happened to them yet, they haven't had their world turned upsidedown in a split second. Those who grew up with and spent year after year together thru all the good times, along with the bad, it will be the hardest thing you are going to have to do so far. "Moving on" is not an option for you and don't listen when others say "come on its time you've gotten over this. There is no "getting over this" the most we can do is pray for acceptance and as much as we hate it with all our hearts, to adapt the best we can to life without Reid. One day in the future, when your not expecting it, you'll think of Reid and instead of being flooded with tears, your heart will fill with peace and a smile will come, that will be Reid whispering I love you too. Always remember Reid and Glenn are watching over you and doing everything in their power to help you get thru each and everyday.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Suzanne July 10, 2001

Reid, you were a very good friend. Even though i knew you for a short period of time, you taught me a lot. You were also the nicest, and that's very special. Your spirit will live on, just for being a good person. Thanks for being an awesome friend, and helping me with everything i needed help with. Until this day on. I will Skate for you. Later Reid <3 Love, edog (ian)
R eal, down to earth person
E xcellent friend, taught me a bunch
I ntelligent in every area
D amn i miss you man, i will be there with you one day.
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say.
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness;
Here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through.
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you.

It's good to have you back again,
you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, They'll be here later on.
I need you here badly, you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years.
Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry: it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street
and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go....from that body to be free.
Remember you're not're coming here to me.

When I must leave you
For a little while,
Please do not grieve
And shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you
Through the years,
But start out bravely
With a smile.
And for my sake
And in my name,
Live on and do
All the things the same.
Feed not your loneliness
On empty days,
But fill each waking hour
In useful ways.
Reach out your hand in comfort
And in cheer,
And I, in turn, will comfort you
And hold you near.
And never, never
Be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you
In the sky.
Helen Steiner Rice

Well, i never really met reid, but this is one of the sadest things i have ever read or experienced, no one has ever died close to me and with all this grieving i relize alot. i see that so many people cared and loved this guy and that is something to be proud of. he looks well respected and loved and no matter what anyone says or thinks about him he will always have this page this love. iam very impressed by this and im happy his memory will live on, not just by the people who knew him, but people also reading this page who didnt. god bless his family, and my the Lord look upon him. good luck everyone. seanx. <3
reid ur still very much missed.. we still talk about our times with you.. ur family is still in our prayers
love always neSSa aka hicc

I know we went through some weird times together yo.. youve forgotten me 48709324 times to this date. but i will neva forget you mijo. You were one of the best "AOLers" I have ever came in contact with you.
May you rest in peace. God bless you and your Family.

**heavenily smile**
can u spare two smiles? ours have suddenly washed away..we cant seem to find them anywhere,though weve looked for them night and day.
we think reid took them with him to his mignificent new hone in the sky, and we caught a glimpse of his grinas we saddly passed by.
We know it must upset him that he accidentally took ours on his trip...but wait we see something fallin from the sky with a bounce and a flip.
it has floated stright into our hands as we nervously open them wide..and a smile comes over our faces with care..comfort..and pride.
Our Reid must have dropped it as he skipped the clouds one by one..we know he must be happy because a rainbow just amerged for the sun.
so you can keep ur smile but remind others to share theirs with love..if u happen to loose it one day..Reid will send u one from above.
U are still dearly missed
Love always,
LeX n neSSa