Monday, September 13, 2010

7 Years...

Yesterday was Jonathan's 7th anniversary in heaven.  On our way to church on Sunday mornings we listen to St.  Paul's children's choir singing Lutheran hymns.  The kids sing along and are getting pretty good. This particular morning Jesus Little Lamb was on the CD.  I got a little teary eyed as I was in line for my coffee at Starbucks, which I ended up getting for free, but that's another story for another time.  We sang that hymn at Jonathan's funeral.  The kids know this hymn like they know the Lord's Prayer.  They sang loudly and it was beautiful.  We made it to church where my insides were just a mess, but on the outside I just put on a smile and give out hugs.  Once we got home things were hopping, so there was no time to be sad, but time for happy thoughts and memories.  More on that day later.

Jonathan is buried in Corunna, IN at Zion Lutheran church.  Our dear friends at that church sent us pictures after visiting his stone yesterday.  It was so nice to know that he isn't forgotten. I love all the memories that people have shared with me about him.  Through the years we've even received photos  from people who have stopped by and visited.  It is so touching to know that people still think of him.  It is because of our faith in Jesus Christ that we find comfort in knowing that we will see our beautiful son again someday.   For now, we still shed tears and miss you dearly Jonathan.

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."   Mark 10:14-15


Displaced Iowan said...

I can't wait to see Jonathan again too! Even though he doesn't need a baby rescuer, I like to think we'll still be good buds in heaven one day. You and your family are in my prayers, today especially.

Gail said...

How can it be seven years! I have the sweet memory of your overnight visit shortly before that, back when your family was much smaller in numbers.
May God's love (and ours) comfort you today and always.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing I could possibly say but pray that I would have strength like yours if I was--God forbid--to EVER be in your position, having lost a child. That's what I always think to myself when I come across a mother who has lost one and I see their strength. I just couldn't picture myself being THAT strong and put together. Your strength is amazing. No matter how many years go by, I am sure it NEVER gets easier to live without your little baby boy. You're an inspiration in so many ways :-)

Brenda said...

I'll always remember meeting him when you guys were here for my wedding. Something you probably don't remember...this is how you signed my guest book:

Jan Melius
(& Jared, Rebecca, & Jonathan)
and under Jonathan's name you made a sweet little smiley face.

It hangs in our hallway and I walk past it dozens of times a day and a few times a week I see that cute little smiley face and think of him smiling down from heaven.

Marilyn said...

Thanks for posting this. My prayers and thoughts are with you. You are beautiful-Christ in you-It's humbling and encouraging.

Much Love, Marilyn

JAN said...

Brenda, I totally forgot about that. I wish I had noticed it when I was visiting with you. How cool. :)

Marilyn, thank you. I am not ignoring your email. I am going to answer you. Promise. :)

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

Jesus Little Lamb. I don't know that song but I'm going to know it very soon.

At Christian's funeral we sang "It Is Well With My Soul". I still cry when we sing that song and no matter what, I finish it, even if the last verse is eeked out in a whisper.

I can't wait to meet Jonathan one day! And I can't wait for him to see all of his little brothers and sisters. What a great day that will be!