Friday, January 12, 2007

Noah Steven Graves

I have been trying to figure out what to write all week now about the Graves family. Today was the day they placed Noah in the arms of Jesus. I have been praying that when the moment came all the family there would get a glimpse of the great cloud of witnesses surrounding them. I wanted them to hear the rustle of angels wings as God held Noah in His arms and said, "Well done my good and faithful servant." I know that God would say that to the whole family....well done.

My mind has been so crowded with thoughts of our last few days with Pearl as well as how Jason and Adrienne were spending their time with Noah. They did all of this with such grace and so much faith. They have great faith because they are not afraid...there is no fear in that kind of faith. They have totally submitted themselves to the sovereignty of God and will trust Him even though they had to say goodbye to their son. I have been thinking about the goodbye part....I thought the days and hours before the goodbye were so precious. It was the time after the goodbye was final that was so hard. Picking up the pieces and figuring out who your family is now is the hard part. The Graves family will not be alone.....

When I told my kids today that Noah was in heaven with Jesus Roark said that was good and bad. I asked him why and he said, "Bad because they had to say goodbye and he died and good because he is all better in heaven. They will be sad for about 3 weeks and cry alot and then after that they won't cry all the time because it won't be as sad anymore." My precious 1st born! Oliver said with tears in his eye, "Oh mom how sad. But, Pearl is going to be so excited to have a new friend in heaven and she will really like him". Praying that Noah's sister Emily will have a fresh perspective of heaven as well and a longing to be there.....just like we do.

I can't stop thinking about the verse in Lamentations "Because of His great love we are not consumed." SO thankful for a love that consumes us and not grief.

Well done precious Noah, we will miss you and love you so much


Kim said...

Thank you for your beautiful post. Speaking right from your heart I am sure you can really feel what they are feeling. When I told my kids what had happened my youngest, Sage said he missed his brother (I miscarried between Izy and Caden). Of course Izy piped in that she had never met him so how could he miss him but for kids it is always deeper. Thank the Lord for Jason and Adrienne's great faith and trust because I am sure that they will wind up letting God's plans for their family come to being.

Sophie said...

Wonderfully said you- S

Kim said...

Just wanted to say how great it was to finaly meet you. You and your hubby are wonderful people and it was so easy to talk to both of you. I wish we were closer and could get our crews together. How fun that would be. Thanks for continuing to share your life with us.

Shanygne said...

Beautiful... if only I had Roark's faith... seems my has seeped away.

aaaahhhgggg! what is wrong with me? I need more Jesus.

The MacMurchy Fam said...

Hi Beautiful - Goodness such bedrock maturity you show, Laura Jean. I am so impressed with you; after all, you're one of my own!
Thank you for leaving footprints in the MacMurchy blog. I LOVE seeing your comments.

And here's my wish for you: "May you KNOW that a Garment of Praise is replacing a spirit of heaviness. You will enjoy the Father's light yoke."
All my love...and blessing - care