Remembrances of Heaven’s Very Special Child

Remembrances of Heaven’s Very Special Child

A meeting was held quite far from Earth! It’s time again for another birth.

Said the Angels to the LORD above, This Special Child will need much love.

His progress may be very slow. Accomplishments he may not show.
And he’ll require extra care from the folks he meets down there.

He may not run or laugh or play.  His thoughts may seem quite far away,
In many ways he won’t adapt, and he’ll be known as handicapped.

So let’s be careful where he’s sent, we want his life to be content.
Please LORD, find the parents who will do a special job for you.

They will not realize right away the leading role they’re asked to play.
But with this child sent from above, comes stronger faith and richer love.

And soon they’ll know the privilege given, in caring for their gift from Heaven.
Their precious charge, so meek and mild, is HEAVEN’S VERY SPECIAL CHILD.

Edna Massionilla, The Optomist- newsletter for PROUD, Parents Regional Outreach for Understanding Down’s Inc., December 1981.

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My Musing – Every child is precious to our Lord, and in a sense is Heaven’s Very Special Child.  But today, if you will indulge me, I am sharing some remembrances of our oldest son Joshua, who died twenty-five years ago today.  He was only nine years old.  Because he was born with severe physical and mental disabilities (see “Cain’t Leaves His Mark”), there would be no graduation celebrations. No major birthday milestones after his first, as he never lived to see double digits. No Continue reading “Remembrances of Heaven’s Very Special Child”

Fade To Black (And White)

Fade To Black (And White)

Eileen and I have now been married nearly forty-two years and have known each other forty-four. This coming January, Joshua will have been gone twenty-five years. Joel has been out of college ten years and is nearly thirty-three.  And now, Eileen and I are back to where it all began – empty nesters.

Fade 1There has been a “whole lot of living” in all of those years. And as promised at the beginning, we trust that we have given you a glimpse into how God has brought about good and how He has blessed us with joy and peace in the midst of affliction and sorrow. Continue reading “Fade To Black (And White)”

But God Looked On Able With Favor

But God Looked On Able With Favor

“By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice…by faith he was commend as a righteous man.” (Hebrews 11:4, NIV)

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God did not offer to give us a “normal” child in exchange for Joshua. He gave us one in addition to Josh – our youngest son Joel. In comparison to Joshua, Joel’s life may not seem quite so extraordinary – at least not at first glance. But that would miss the mark by a wide margin. It has merely been a different kind of extraordinary.

However, this section of Our Family Album almost never was. Continue reading “But God Looked On Able With Favor”

Cain’t Leaves His Mark

Cain’t Leaves His Mark
“Cain said to the Lord, ‘My [affliction] is more than I can bear’.” (Genesis 4:13, NIV)

The story of our oldest son Joshua, a life that was marked by what he could not or “Cain’t” do.

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There comes a time in everyone’s life when only pictures and memories remain. Such is the case with our oldest son Joshua, who died in 1993 when he was only nine. Some images remain clear and some have faded. But memories, and the feelings and emotions that accompany the memories, are all we have left until we are reunited. And those memories tell an amazing story of God’s power and grace. Continue reading “Cain’t Leaves His Mark”

All About Eve

All About Eve
“Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of…” (Genesis 3:20, NIV)

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Not long after Eileen and I started dating, my mom called me aside one evening with some information that she thought I should know. Eileen’s mom had confided to my mom that Eileen was diabetic. Eileen had not yet worked up the nerve to tell me herself, but my mom thought I should know it in case some diabetic complications were to occur while Eileen and I were out on a date.

At that time I knew of diabetes but not much about diabetes. So I decided that I needed to learn a little more. Continue reading “All About Eve”

Adam’s Life Will Be Full Of Toil

Adam’s Life Will Be Full Of Toil

“From the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken.” (Genesis 3:19, NIV)

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In many respects, mine has been an American success story. Not to the same magnitude as a Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Warren Buffet mind you. And except for this paragraph you will never see my name linked to theirs, unless you throw in Kevin Bacon and a one other name to complete the six degrees of separation. But considering its modest origins, it has been successful. Continue reading “Adam’s Life Will Be Full Of Toil”

Cain’t & Able – In The Beginning

Cain’t & Able: A Tale Of Two Siblings
“The Lord looked with favor on Abel…but on Cain…He did not look with favor.” (Genesis 4:4a and 5a, NIV)

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In many respects, the imagery created by Charles Dickens in the opening lines of his book A Tale of Two Cities is similar to the images one might expect as they consider the lives of our two sons – lives of marked contrast.

He was the best of sons, he was the worst of sons, his was an age of wisdom, his was an age of foolishness, his was an epoch of belief, his was an epoch of incredulity, his life a spring of hope, his life a winter of despair, he had everything before him, he had nothing before him. Continue reading “Cain’t & Able – In The Beginning”