Sunday, February 20, 2011

Scripture Power: Revelation 20: 4 -- Balm for the Loss of a Son -- Kevin 1993-2011

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:  for the former things are passed away."
Revelation 20:4

Yesterday my sister Jean and her family had to bid farewell to their son Kevin who came into their lives over 17 years ago.  While Jean was expecting Kevin, she was told that he would never make it to birth.  But, live he did for over 17 years!  He survived many illnesses and incidences through those years but for the past four years he enjoyed relatively good health.  This time, he was not strong enough to fight off the pneumonia.  His body was wracked with cerebral palsy-- he was never able to walk or talk.  Though not strong in body, he was strong in spirit.  He loved his family and had a smile as wide as Texas and loved to give "kisses."  People from all walks of life felt Christ-like love radiating from him.  Kevin was a huge blessing to their family. 

They derive comfort that because the Savior died for us, we shall all live again.  They will see and live with Kevin again -- they are an Eternal Family!

May peace and comfort be with their family as they grieve and mourn the loss of their son Kevin.   



GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Prayers for your family!

Marigene said...

My thoughts and prayers to your family, Joni. said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. I cannot imagine losing a child. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sister's family during this hard time.

Unknown said...

joni--my prayers are strong for you and your family

Sue said...

Joni, My heart goes out to your sister's family, you and your entire family at this difficult time. Eternal families are such a blessing. May the family be buoyed up by prayers and find peace through the Savior.

Joy Tilton said...

Sending prayers up for your family at this most difficult time. What a blessing to have had him for 17 years!

Barbara Bakes said...

God bless you and your sister's family at this difficult time!

Anxiety Self Help said...

Nicely said! Such a beautiful post.

Pondside said...

Such a loss for your family.
It sounds like his life was a blessing to all of you. I'm sending you all a prayer for peace over the next few days.

Sarah said...

Joni, I'm sad to hear of your loss and send heartfelt thoughts to you and your family. A beautiful tribute to Kevin. ~ Sarah

Renée said...


May wonderful memories of your nephew provide comfort and may you be richly blessed because of your faith in Jesus Christ. My love to you and your family. Thank heavens for the gospel and our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness. Kevin is your future.

Lynn said...

Joni, how sad. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Siggy said...

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
I feel led to share with you a song that has given me great comfort when dealing with the loss of a loved one.

If You Could See Me Now
by: Truth

Our Prayers have all been answered
I finally arrived
The healing that had been delayed
Has now been realized
No one's in a hurry
There's no schedule to keep
We're all enjoying Jesus
Just sitting at His feet

If you could see me now
I'm walking streets of gold
If you could see me now
I'm standing tall and whole
If you could see me now
You'd know I've seen His face
If you could see me now
You'd know the pain's erased

You wouldn't want me to ever
leave this place
If you could only see me now

My light and temporary trials
Have worked out for my good
To know it brought Him glory
When I misunderstood
Though we've had our sorrows
They can never compare
What Jesus has in store for us
No language can share

(Repeat Chorus X2)

You wouldn't want me to ever
leave this perfect place
If you could only see me now

If you could see me now
If only you could see me now

Bonnie said...

Joni, Thinking of you. Thank goodness for faith in the atonement. My Heavenly Father bless and comfort you and your family.

(Nicole) The Very Hungry Caterpillar said...

Oh how sad and sweet about your nephew Kevin. How blessed some of us are to have eternal families. Thanks for sharing this with everyone.

Kelly Massman said...

So sorry for your loss, too! Thanks for sharing the beautiful scripture. You and the family are in our prayers!

Kristin said...

What a blessing to have had that sweet boy in your lives for as long as the Lord allowed.What love of Christ he must have taught you all. He is with his Lord and Savior, at peace, no pain or tears, he is praising and worshiping our Lord. Be happy for him.

Debbie said...

A beautiful post that I can tell came right from God's heart to yours.

I'm sincerely sorry for your family's loss, Joni. I rejoice right there with you in his everlasting life. What a life he has now.

Marlis said...

Joni, I am so sorry. I pray for you and your family and Kevin's family, for strength and understanding, for healing. Kevin is now healed and whole and rejoicing in his life.

La said...

Oh Joni. I am so sorry for your family's loss.

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

you and your family deserve love and happiness.


Bonnie said...

Joni, So sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

Karen said...

So sorry to hear of your family's loss - It sounds as though they've given Kevin a beautiful life -

Denise said...

I have followed yours and your sister's blog and had no idea you were Laurel's Aunts. The loss of Kevin is very sad as he was the true essence of innocence.