Today marks the twelfth anniversary of Isaac’s birth. I remember how Isaac used to extend his birthday celebration for almost an entire week! He would bargain to watch his favorite movie, eat his favorite food, or play his favorite activity for several days before and after his birthday. He really enjoyed celebrations, whether it was for his birthday or another person’s milestone. He liked to receive gifts but also had pleasure in watching others open their presents. Isaac’s favorite toys for most of his young life were trains, although he mostly played with Lego’s during his last few years. I really miss him, especially during this past week when he would have been so excited.
Here’s some pictures of birthday milestones throughout the years:
As I reflect back on Isaac’s 10-1/2 years here on earth, I am moved to lift up this prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father:
You know what this day means to us. We thank you for the years that you entrusted us with Isaac. We trust You and Your goodness, even when we don’t understand Your ways. We rejoice that Isaac is in Your presence and exploring the wonders of Heaven, yet ache because we miss him here. We would never ask for him to come back, for that would be so selfish, yet we long just to see his face and feel his presence. I don’t know if it is proper to ask this, but if it is, please tell Isaac that we remember him with much love on his birthday and that we can hardly wait to see him again. Most of all, we anxiously anticipate the day that we see Jesus and feel those nail-scarred hands (the ones that took the nails for our redemption) as they wipe away our tears. Amen.