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Today, I attended a funeral for a high school friend's child.

He was 20 months old.

I know that in the blogland that there are a number of parents who have lost a child for one reason or another.  I myself, have lost a child at 9 weeks and there isn't a day that goes by that doesn't make me wonder what it would've been like to carry that child to term and meet them face to face.

This child, was beyond term.  He was healthy, bright, happy, and beautiful.

All it took was a minute for him to be gone.

His service was this morning and while I was a blubbering snotty crying mess...I was glad to attend and to be there to show my support to his parents and my friend.

No parent should ever outlive their children.

It was a tragic accident that made him leave this world far too early and while I never met him, I couldn't help but feel so much pain and sorrow for his parents and his family.  This was their only child and he was absolutely beautiful.

If you have children, educate them on pools.  Get them into swim lessons and join the Infant Swim Self Rescue and Resource Movement.

For now, I'm going to continue to hum..

"On Eagle's Wings"

You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord,
who abide in his shadow for life,
say to the Lord: "My refuge, my rock in whom I trust!"

And he will raise you up on eagle's wings,
bear you on the breath of dawn,
make you to shine like the sun,
and hold you in the palm of his hand.

The snare of the fowler will never capture you,
and famine will bring you no fear:
under his wings your refuge, his faithfulness your shield.

For to his angels he's given a command
to guard you in all of your ways;
upon their hands they will bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.

And in closing, the pastor talked about the family wanting to remind all parents that no matter the situation, always remember to kiss and hug your children, your parents, your siblings and your family, because you never know when you might meet again.


Stephanie said…
Oh this is so awful, I cannot imagine!! I'm sorry for your friends' loss, so so sorry. :(
Kristal said…
I am so heartbroken for them. :( Many prayers for their family.
One Pork Chop said…
Oh my gosh, I simply cannot imagine. My heart hurts for this family.
Brandy said…
Absolutely devastating. Those poor parents. Gosh, my heart goes out to them. I pray God comforts them right now.
Erin said…
As a mom you get past the SIDS age and breathe a sigh of relief. But that relief is only momentary. Then you realize every moment, not just nighttime is a danger. Every interest they have, every curious notion they follow can stir up a dangerous moment in a minute.

I am so sorry to hear of this loss. You're right, no parent should ever have to know this pain. Lifting prayers for them and their sweet angel.
Jeannie said…
How awful. My heart is devastated for any parent that has lost I child. I just cannot imagine the pain and heartache..

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