Loss Through the Eyes of a Child
John 3:16 For God so loved the world: He gave his one and only son, so that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life.
Daniel, age 10, asked if he could write for my post. So, I am honored to have my son be my first guest blogger.Â
Even the smallest of us can make a difference to family or a person hurt by loss. When I lost my brother, I asked everyone I met if they knew Jonathan. I wanted them to know he lived. By talking about Jonathan, I discovered that others had lost someone they loved. I could encourage them with Godâ€™s word and by listening and praying for them. John 3:16 helps me to remember that Jonathan is with Jesus, and his story did not end here.
God comforts me. Jonathanâ€™s death has made me more scared of losing my parents because they have been very sick. I tend to cry when others lose someone in a movie, or I faced the death of my dog last year. I talk to God and he tells me I will be okay. He helps me to remember playing Nerf with Jonathan, creating a football field every Christmas as my present. I would wake up and look out the window and there would be a freshly painted football field and we would go out and play as a family. Sometimes when I go to bed, I ask my mom to sing a special song, because that is when I especially get sad or scared. Even though Jonathanâ€™s death is tough on me, we have new family activities that we do. We are reading through the Bible and praying for Compassion International Families, together. We take a Motherâ€™s Day hike every year at the cemetery where Jonathan is buried. Last year we made ornaments for Christmas, and crafts to remember favorite moments with Jonathan. Â There are so many ways to remember him.
Anytime you feel the urge to pray for someone, I encourage you to lift them up to God. Loving others as God loves me helps me know that the sad times will pass and that he has a good plan for our lives.
Jonathan shared his heart in such an honest way. We don’t hear much about how children grieve, but they do, and I see healing in the way he memorializes and honors his brother. Bless him
Thanks Toni! Daniel wants so much to help others, even as grieves.
Daniel you are a mighty man of God. Well said.
May God send you continued blessings and bright moments. Daniel is very wise beyond his years.
Thank you Anita. He is indeed.