You are about to enter the sacred space of a life, or rather, a constellation of lives, which in a sometimes brutal yet beautiful way embodies the human venture toward freedom and fullness of life.
Todd Christopher (Mize) Gauchat (Go SHAW) enfleshes determination and stubbornness sparked by longing, vision, and the courage to dream. As you will learn, the still-emerging man of fifty-something has been and continues to be forged and formed, sculpted and softened by an amazing range of relationships and experiences, still unfolding into the yet unknown future.
Todd’s resurrections from tombs of wrenching abandonment by the power of constant and consistently loving hearts attests to this: indeed, only love prevails.
This is not simply a story about dealing with the physical challenges of cerebral palsy, though it certainly includes that. It is the story of a human soul manifesting the awesome image of the Creator in this particular, uniquely peculiar body.
What Mystery and Miracle!! a soul opening to love, stretching to life; wounds gradually transforming through loving acceptance, becoming signs that hope is not only possible, but even makes sense. Todd has grown through pain, not as in “pain is good for us,” but as in “going through pain"—ugly as it has been and is . . .the pain of abandonment, anger, despair, self-doubt; the pain of voices within and without discouraging him from “dreaming” and having “visions.”
Todd’s is a “stubborn” soul. He resolutely refuses to stop dreaming and having visions.
Could he, with this body, ever get married?
Could he, with this body, ever be a good husband?
Could he, with this body, ever have children?
Could he, with this body, ever be a good father?
Could he, with this body, ever write a book?
The human venture really is about dreaming, about visioning, about love.
You are about to enter the sacred space, which is the life of Todd Christopher (Mize) Gauchat. Fasten your seatbelt!
Praying With the Aramaic Jesus