Precious in the Sight of the LORD is the Homegoing of His Saints…
We attended the memorial service for the 23-year-old son and grandson of dear friends. Four years ago, Josh was in a terrible accident at age 19 and has been challenged in every way imaginable since that day.
His parents, grandparents, siblings, medical staff and friends have done a beautiful job of enhancing his life in every conceivable way. Between Josh and those around him…God has been glorified through this painful process. Here is an earlier post from his grandmother:
Our 23 year old grandson, Joshua, went to his home in heaven and has been made whole. He can now talk (which he loved to do) and walk and worship at the feet of Jesus. He was a warrior these past 4 years following a terrible car accident that caused severe injury to his brain stem. He had to breath through a trach and be fed through a peg in his stomach. He couldn’t talk so he learned to communicate with his eyes on a special computer screen. Early in his recovery, he would play Tic Tac Toe with his siblings and often win. He always loved people and would show off when a new nursing student would come for the day by asking their name using the computer. There are so many things I could share about the last four years but the greatest thing is the lessons we all learned: how to love like Josh, how to be generous like Josh, how to be thankful even in the difficult times. Our Joshie will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you, dear friends, for your prayers and emotional support the past 4 years.
Josh’s dad, John, spoke at the memorial service. It was a powerful word to all of us. He talked about how none of this journey was in vain, not the love and care invested in Josh, not the pain, not the prayers, not the hopes. John reminded us that through Josh’s journey (and our own) our God sustains and strengthens. He is using every part of Josh’s journey to touch each life involved. Josh’s strength, perseverance, joy and love touched lives. This four-year experience and his short twenty-three years on this earth will continue to touch lives.
Years ago, God gave me this verse after the loss of my precious aunt. To know that the heart of God sees Josh’s homegoing in this way is one of His tender mercies/gifts to those who love Josh so. It is a gift to you, as well:
Psalm 116:15 (ESV)
15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
As I pray for this sweet family, I know that this is still a long journey…no doubt very different for each person.
I would love it if you would pray for them along with me.