…Isaac’s first life here on earth – September 22, 2000 to April 18, 2011
If I could communicate with Isaac today, I would share something like this:
Hey buddy. Wow – we really miss you. We miss your smile and contagious laughter. We can’t imagine the joy that you are experiencing now. Though we miss you badly, we rejoice that you are free from the burdens of this world. Your mama is healing, especially the latter part of this second year. Your sisters and brother remember you often (especially Isabella :-)). Your friends and extended family also miss you and offer great encouragement to us even as they grieve. We really appreciate when they mention your name and share a memory of you.
It is hard to fathom that two years have passed since you left us. So much has happened. It is true (as you know now clearer than any of us) that God does work all things together for good to those who are His children. Not that we are worthy of any of His blessings – it is only because of His mercy and grace. Though that day and the following months and even the first year were the worst of our lives, we’ve purposed to “redeem the time” for God’s glory. We’ve formed new friendships and enriched some current ones. We’ve met other people who are part of a community that nobody would volunteer for. We encourage each other as we share our grief, memories of our departed loved ones, and learn to trust in God.
We continue to see how much of an impression you left on this world and its people during the short time that you were here. In your honor, we’ve continued to support the Children’s Bible Clubs so that other children can believe in Jesus just like you did. We remain inspired by how you sacrificed so that those children could be reached with the Gospel.
These past two years I’ve realized how proud of you I really am. I don’t know if I adequately told that to you. I am learning to surrender my regrets to the Lord and learn from them. I want this experience to mold me into the best Christian, husband, and father possible. Besides my desire to serve Jesus, I am motivated by my hope to see you again. We all anticipate that glorious reunion – soon. As the Good Book says:
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev 22:20)
I love and miss you,
Recently, somebody sent this image to us in an email. After living with grief for two years, I have come to realize this: