Shared by: Brandy
Today marks the 1yr anniversary of my sweet little Elias passing into glory (joining a sibling who went before him by miscarriage). He was a beautiful almost 5month old, oh how I miss him. This is a passage by Amy Carmichael which was a word that gave me hope during the time we were letting him go (he died after four days of being in a coma at the hospital, he stopped breathing that first day due to a blocked airway from a cold, they resuscitated him but not soon enough) anyway this is the passage, it’s kind of long but my favorite quotable part is the last line (we had it engraved on his grave stone).
There is one puzzle which comes to all thinking people when a little child is taken to be with the Lord. Did God not give that little one to his parents? We do not go back on our gifts to each other. Does God? Milton got out of the difficulty by thinking of the little one as lent, “Render Him with patience what He lent”, but that is not the Bible way. Hannah puts it quite differently. She did not say she would giver her loan to the Lord. She said she would lend her gift. (1Samuel 1:28) And the Spirit of God caused it twice to be recorded that the gifts of God are real gifts (which loans are not). “The gifts…of God are without repentance” (Romans 11:29) (“God never goes back on His gifts” is one translation of that). “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17) – no variableness, no alteration. He does not change His mind about His gifts to His children, but sometimes He asks for the loan of one of these precious gifts. He does not tell us why He asks for it, He trusts us to trust His love – the love we know so well – and do trust, and we lend our little treasure, “not grudgingly, or of necessity”, (2 Corinthians 9:7) but for love’s sake, willingly. And we know that He will return what we lent Him when we see Him in the Morning. – Amy Carmichael, from Thou Givest – They Gather.
Elias Orion Ivy 12/29/2011 to 05/18/2012 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. Ezekiel 37:13 …we shall see you in the Morning.
-Brandy Ivy, Mother of 5, three children here with me and 2 passed into glory awaiting the “Morning” when I shall have them back, when the Lord will raise them from their graves.