Vail Daily letter: A blessing to our family |

Vail Daily letter: A blessing to our family

Josie Archuleta and family
Vail, CO, Colorado

Many people know Jason Pratt. He worked at City Market in Avon for many years, and three years ago we had the privilege of having Jason move into our home.

It is with a heavy and sad heart that I write this, but his parents have decided to find a new host home for him. We will miss him very much, as he became a member of our family.

During the three years that Jason lived with us, we learned so much from him. He has been a true blessing not only to our immediate family, but extended family from Portland, Ore., to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and everywhere in between.

Jason attended family reunions, weddings, funerals, birthday parties, camping trips and so many other activities. During these times people would comment how special he was.

At one wedding he did the wedding march with the grandma of the groom, and they had a blast. At another wedding, he stole a girl from a guy to dance with her. He was able to hold my little granddaughter before she passed away. So many memories. He will be missed.

One night I couldn’t sleep, so I got up and started thinking about Jason. God in all his wisdom spoke to me that night about Jason. He told me that Jason was the truest reflection of Jesus on this earth.

Jason loves unconditionally, he never holds a grudge, and all a person has to say is “I’m sorry,” and he forgives you. He always extends his hand to help someone, anyone.

We observed this at the bus stop, as he would hurry to be the first one off the bus to help the ladies down the stairs.

He may be slow to walk and would sometimes frustrate me because I would be in a hurry, but he would stop and see the beauty in everything. He’s never had a girlfriend or a wife, but if he did, she would be the luckiest gal on this earth. He goes out of his way to make a person feel loved. This is how Jesus is. He never holds a grudge, loves unconditionally, extends his hand out to help anyone who needs it, helps us see the beauty of the world that God created and always makes a person feel loved.

We started taking him to church with us and he would watch, and one day he saw that I was having a bad day. He made me stop and he held my hand and raised it up and started praying for me. It touched me so much, it made me cry. This is our Jason.

I’m thankful that he was a member of our family and we will always love and am saddened that he is leaving, but I pray that he will be blessed and will be a blessing to whomever he is with next.

Josie Archuleta and family


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