Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Giving thanks

Thank you, dear God, for the life of my littlest man Christian.

Thank you for letting me be his mommy. I wouldn't trade the 1,384 days with him for a hundred times the amount of days with any other child in the whole wide world.

Thank you for sacrificing your Son Jesus Christ so that I have assurance of being with my son for all eternity.

Thank you for peace and comfort when my heart is torn and flooded with sorrow.

Thank you for those precious pictures and videos to look upon whenever I am feeling down. It is a treasured and priceless gift to be able to hear his voice and giggles and words, to see his mad guitar skillz (or egg slicer skillz), and to laugh at his short temper.

Even knowing how this chapter ends here on earth, I would go through it all again in a heartbeat. Because the joy of Christian has been worth every single ounce of pain.

But I could not bear it if it wasn't for you, dear Lord.

I thank YOU.

I'll see you in a little while, sweet Christian.


Nancy said...

Giving thanks with you and sending BIG LOVE!

MIchelle said...

Such a sweet tribute to a precious boy.
Lifting you up in prayer.


Jess J Jordan said...

You are an inspiration ... to all of us that have lost a little one. Austyn would have been 7 years old this year ... and I still miss him more today, than I did yesterday. The only balm I have for my broken heart is knowing that one day ... I will get to "rock" my 10 day old son again.

Tami said...


Thank you for sharing your love for Christian and Jesus with us all. I am thinking about you and praying for you this week.

Love ya! Tami

Christine said...

I'm sooooooo homesick! :( I love you Marshy! I need to hug you so bad right now.

Anonymous said...

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Marsha. Thank you for the encouragement her faith is to the rest of us.
Please wrap your arms around her and her family right now. Comfort them as only you can.
I thank you that Marsha WILL see her precious son again and that we all can have that assurance of heaven.
In your Holy Name,

*praying every day for you, Marsha*

EEEEMommy said...

This post reminds me of a Sara Grove song, she's much more eloquent than I. From Kingdom Comes:

When sorrow fills your life
When in your grief and pain
You choose again to rise
You choose to bless the name

That's a little stone that's a little mortar
That's a little seed that's a little water
In the hearts of the sons and the daughters
The kingdom's coming

Christian is alive and well. I am longing with you for the day when we will all be united with him.

Grace and Peace,

Jacque said...

May you all be flooded with the peace only Yehovah God can give and always hear Christian's voice, remember him smile and smell...
May your boys always remember their little buddy, the fun, the sweet, and even the ornery things he did... with joy and happiness, treasured memories.

(((HUGS))) and love to all your family. Praying for and thinking of you all...

Can't wait 'til we all meet... for the first time or again...

SuperAngel said...

Thank you Lord Marshie and what an amazing example she is for me!

Love you! praying for you!

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Anonymous said...

You are such an inspiration to me Marsha and I thank you for showing me what it means to believe and be faithful to Him. May God grant you all peace today and always. (((HUGS)))
Stephanie Freeman

Kathryn said...

Such a beautiful tribute...I can't see through the tears. I feel your pain this week. I never had time with my Madison, but I'm grateful that her life touched mine. Thank you so much for how you have pointed us CONSTANTLY to Christ even through the tears this year. I'm praying for you my dear friend, and I love you!

Love, Kathryn

Annemarie said...

Commenting on this is so hard. My throat is constricting and tears fill my eyes. Then I think, if it hurts me this much...oh Marsha. I thank God for His strength that He gives you. To breathe the next breath. To face the next minute, to live the next hour, to embrace the next day. To show us all that what you believe is real.

I love you Marsha and pray for you often.


Tracy said...

So sweet! Thanks for sharing it with us! I LOVE the yawning picture and His blue eyes were amazing!

Darcy @ m3b said...

So many memories on that video. It takes my breath away. Thinking of you today (and tomorrow...) as we remember Christian.

Ruthanne said...

You're in my thoughts (and prayers), Marsha.

Laura Warren said...

How blessed it is to be in Christ Jesus! The joy of our salvation and eternal life in Him can not become anymore real and appreciated than it is in times of sorrow and grief in this fallen world we live in now; but thanks be to Him this world is not our home!!! There is a great reunion day coming! Love you.

Kathryn said...

Marsha, I'm praising God for you today. I have wanted to do something like this for Madison for years. I didn't think I could ever do it myself, and couldn't afford to have it professionally done. I just went to this site, and uploaded my two hours worth of pictures. My family took all of them. I put them in an editing software and turned them all black/white so Madison's coloring would be good. It was SO easy to make this montage, and now I have something BEAUTIFUL to share tomorrow on her birthday. I hope you will pop over and look at it. It has made my heart sing today...thank you so much for posting this! It's a beautiful tribute to your darling boy!

Love you, Kathryn

Anonymous said...

My family has been praying for your family this week, but especially today. I've never lost a child, but I would imagine that today would be especially hard for your family. We're praying that you can feel God's arms wrapped around you, loving you more than you can imagine.

I'm still so sorry for your loss, but so profoundly grateful for your faith.

Becca~CapturingSimpleJoys said...

Just tears and sweet prayers for you! Keep staying so strong in the Lord!!

Lainie said...

Giving thanks with you, wishing comfort for you, praying and praising for the promises of the Lord and joining you in longing and looking for His return.

Big hug... come quickly Lord Jesus

Donna M. said...

Oh Drews family.....so happy you love the Lord....so sorry for the pain and wish I could bear it for you all....

You are shining your light for the Lord Marsha and I know He is honored...

Love you all...praying for you....

Ms. Anita said...

Sending Hugs and Prayers your way, Marshie!

(HSB Suzanne)

Alison said...

I've thought about you so much over the past year (and cried with an for you many of the times) You have been such an INCREDIBLE testimony to the love of God and the love for God, I cannot even tell you how much.
I wish there were not so many miles between us so we could get together over a good cup of coffee every now and then and I could give you a big 'I can't imagine what you're going through, but I'm here for you, and you can lean on me' kind of hug.

I have something for you that I bought quite a while ago. If you get a chance, e-mail me your address (my e-mail should be on my profile page) and I'll get it in the mail one day soon.

Cyber hugs for now-


Living for God said...

Thanks for sharing these precious moments/photos with us. I feel like I knew Christian. It will truly be "home sweet home" when we spend eternity with our Lord and Savior and loved ones in heaven. Your thankful heart is a beautiful heart. Always keep that. You reminded me of what my friend said when I visited her and her daughter at the hospital after a car accident that took her 13 year old son's life and left her daughter in critical condition. I went there to encourage and comfort her but instead, her words touched me deeply. She said, "I'm so thankful that the Lord gave me all those years to homeschool my kids. I thank Him for all the time we spent together."

If you go to my blog's post today, you will see a very encouraging verse (Word-Filled Wednesday meme): Psalm 68:19.

Praying for you and your family,
Urailak (Fruit Bearer on Facebook)

Lecia said...

You are such an encouragement. Your faith is evident and God is using you and your family in a mighty way. I am praying for you and your family.

ByHISgoodGrace said...

Marsha, I cannot express how much encouragement you have brought to my family in the past month. A couple days after my father died, I shared your post with my mom and she was fed! Thank you so much for sharing what your faith. It blesses me in so many ways!